Sidney Verba

Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Political scientist; Educator; Librarian
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Political Science


Professor Verba is The Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of Government at Harvard University.  He served as Director of the Harvard University Library for twenty-four years. At Harvard, he has also been chair of the Department of Government, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Undergraduate Education, and Associate Provost, among several other senior administrative posts.  In addition, during these years he has also served as the chair of the Board of Directors of the Harvard University Press and has been the author of University-wide reports on many complex subjects. He has taught at Princeton, Stanford, the University of Chicago, and at Harvard for over thirty years. He is the author and coauthor of a number of books on American and comparative politics, including Small Groups and Political Behavior; The Civic Culture; Caste, Race and Politics; Vietnam and the Silent Majority; Participation in America; The Changing American Voter; Injury to Insult; Participation and Political Equality; Equality in America; Elites and the Idea of Equality; Designing Social Inquiry; and Voice and Equality, as well as many articles. In 1993, he won the James Madison Prize of the American Political Science Association for a career contribution to the discipline. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has been a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and a Guggenheim Fellow. He has chaired the Policy Committee of the Social Science Research Council and the Committee on International Conflict and Cooperation of the National Academy of Sciences. His current research interests involve the relationship of political to economic equality, mass and elite political ideologies, and mass political participation.

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