About Pippa Norris

Pippa Norris is the Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Director of the Electoral Integrity Project.

An Anglo-American political scientist and public speaker, her research compares election and public opinion, political communications, and gender politics around the world.

New books in 2017-18 focus on Strengthening Electoral Integrity (2017 Cambridge), Election Watchdogs (ed. 2017 Oxford), Why American Elections are Flawed (2017 Cornell), Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit and Authoritarian-Populism (2018 Cambridge, with Ronald Inglehart) and Electoral Integrity in America (ed. 2018 Oxford University Press).

Honors and Awards

Her work has been recognized by APSA’s Charles Merriam Award for ‘the rigorous application of social science to the art of government’, her elected fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the George H. Hallett book award for Political Recruitment for making 'a lasting contribution to the literature on representation and electoral systems', the 2017 Sir Isaiah Berlin Award for  Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies, the 2017 International Engagement Award, the 2016 Brown Medal for Democracy, the 2016 Academic Leadership in Political Science award by the Australian Political Studies Association, the 2014 Karl Deutsch prize awarded by the International Political Science Association to recognize 'a prominent scholar engaged in the cross-disciplinary research', the 2011 Johan Skytte prize awarded with Professor Ronald Inglehart for 'contributing innovative ideas about the relevance and roots of political culture in a global context', the Kathleen Kitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship awarded  in 2011 by the Australian Research Council, a 'special recognition' award by the UK Political Studies Association, a Doctor honoris causa for work 'at the forefront of global political science' by the University of Edinburgh, an honorary Doctor of Law by the University of Warwick, an honorary Doctorate from Leuphana University, the Doris Graber award for the 'best book in political communications' at APSA, and the Virginia Hodgkinson book prize from the Independent Sector. 

Pippa Norris being presented with the Karl Deutsch Award, IPSA World Congress, Montreal, 2014

Pippa Norris being presented with the Karl Deutsch Award, IPSA World Congress, Montreal, 2014


In 2012 she established the Electoral Integrity Project, an independent research project supported by the Australian Research Council and other foundations and partners. She directs the research team based at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. The project focuses on why elections fail, why this matters, and what can be done to strengthen integrity. EIP works with local teams of researchers in Mexico, Russia and India, as well as with international agencies including UN women, UNDP, the OSCE and EU, the Australian Electoral Commission, IFES, the Carter Center, ACEEEO, UN-DPA, USAID, and International IDEA. This award winning research project has generated a series of policy reports and outreach commentary, as well as scientific datasets and scholarly books. 

Presenting new research on electoral integrity at the United Nations with Massimo Tommasoli, International IDEA and Maarten Halff, Department of Political Affairs.

Presenting new research on electoral integrity at the United Nations with Massimo Tommasoli, International IDEA and Maarten Halff, Department of Political Affairs.


She has published almost fifty books. This includes Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit and the Rise of Authoritarian-Populism (with Ronald Inglehart, Cambridge University Press, 2019), Pippa Norris et al Electoral Integrity in America (Oxford 2019), Pippa Norris and Alessando Nai (Eds) Election Watchdogs: Transparency & Accountability (Oxford UP 2017), Pippa Norris Why American Elections are Flawed (Cornell 2017),  and Pippa Norris Strengthening Electoral Integrity (Cambridge UP 2017). Her current research focuses upon a new book, In Praise of Skepticism: Trust but Verify with Will Jennings and Gerry Stoker (under development from the ESRC-funded TrustGov project).

For popular commentary on public affairs, she can be followed on Twitter @PippaN15 and through her blog commentary in outlets such as the Monkey Cage, LSE Blog, Vox,  and The Conversation. Her work generates widespread coverage in the news media around the world.

Public service

She has served as the Director of the Democratic Governance Group at the United Nations Development Program in New York and as an expert consultant for many international bodies including the UN, UNDP, UNESCO, UN Women, NDI, the Council of Europe, IFES, International IDEA, the OSCE, the World Bank, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Australian Electoral Commission, and the UK Electoral Commission.

Professional Service

She has served on executive councils for the American Political Science Association (APSA), the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the Political Science Association of the UK (PSA), and the World Values Survey Association.

Within APSA, she has been Vice-President of APSA and president of the Women and Politics Research Section and the Political Communications Section, the Vice-President and President of the Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior section, and the executive of the British Politics Group and the Representation and Elections Section.

She has also been Co-Founding Chair of the Elections, Parties, and Public Opinion Group (EPOP) of the PSA, and IPSA’s Elections, Citizens and Parties Research Committee.

Prior affiliations & Education

Prior to joining Harvard in 1992, she taught at Edinburgh University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Philosophy (Hons) from Warwick University, and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

At Harvard, she teaches Fall semester classes on Comparative Politics and Authoritarian-Populism in the Kennedy School of Government.  She is affiliated with the Government Department, the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies, the Weatherhead Center for Public Affairs, the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, the Ash Center on Democracy, the Carr Center on Human Rights, and the Center for International Development. She can be contacted at Pippa_Norris@Harvard.edu and followed @PippaN15.