Prof. Daniel Ziblatt, Ph.D.

Daniel Ziblatt by Annette Hornischer
Annette Hornischer


daniel.ziblatt [at]
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
B 223
Director of the Research Department
Visiting Researcher of the Completed Research Unit

Daniel Ziblatt is Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University and, since October 2020, the director of the Department Transformations of Democracy. His book "How Democracies Die" (with Steven Levitsky, Crown, 2018), a New York Times bestseller, has been translated into thirty languages. His book "Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy" (Cambridge University Press, 2017), an account of Europe's historical democratization, won the American Political Science Association's 2018 Woodrow Wilson Prize for the best book in government and international relations and three other prizes including the American Sociological Association's 2018 Barrington Moore Award for the best book in comparative historical sociology. His book "Tyranny of the Minority" appeared in Fall 2023. He has been the recipient of the 2019 Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin and has served as Karl W. Deutsch Visiting Professor at the WZB and, in 2023, was elected as member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Academic Research Activities

Eaton Professor of the Science of Government, Harvard University, 2018-

Director, Acting, Minda De Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 2019 and 2014

Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University, 2011-2018

Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy, Department of Government, Harvard University, 2009-2010

Associate Professor of Government and Social Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University, 2007-2009

Assistant Professor of Government and Social Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University, 2003-2007


University of California, Berkeley, PhD, Department of Political Science, December 2002
Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Bachelor of Arts, Double Major: German Studies and Politics, Magna Cum Laude, May 1995


Editorial Board Service: German Politics and Society (2008-Present); World Politics; Comparative Political Studies

2017. European Politics and Society Section, Best Book Prize Committee, APSA

2017. Gabriel Almond Dissertation Prize Committee, APSA

2015. Chair, David Greenstone Prize, Best Book Prize Committee, Politics and History Section, APSA

2010. Juan Linz Prize Committee, Best Dissertation for Comparative Democratization Section, APSA

2010. Sage Prize Committee Member, Best Paper presented in Comparative, APSA

2008. Chair, European Politics and Society Best Book Prize Committee, APSA, 2008.

2006. Member, Sage Prize Committee, APSA, Qualitative Methods Division, Summer 2006

2005-Member, Executive Committee, Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society, American Political Science Association.

Reviewer: American Political Science Review, German Politics and Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, Party Politics, Comparative Political Studies, World Politics, American Sociological Review, Journal of Politics

1998- Member, American Political Science Association

1998- Member, Council of European Studies

1998- German Studies Association