Curriculum vitae

Daniel Ziblatt is Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University  and director of the "Transformations of Democracy" group at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. He specializes in the study of Europe and the history of democracy. His three books include How Democracies Die (Crown, 2018), co-authored with Steve Levitsky), a New York Times best-seller, translated into twenty two languages. He is also the author of Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2017), an account of Europe's historical democratization, which won several prizes including the American Sociological Association's Barrington Moore Prize and the American Political Science Association's 2018 Woodrow Wilson Prize for the best book in government and international relations.  His first book was an analysis of 19th century state building, Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism (Princeton, 2006 [2008]). At Harvard, Ziblatt co-chairs (with Steve Levitsky) the Challenges to Democracy Research Cluster (for postdocs, undergraduates, and PhD students). He has been a visiting scholar at Ludwig-Maximilian University (Munich), Sciences Po (Paris), the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), the Max Planck Institute (Cologne), Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and was the 2019 recipient of the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin.