Professor Skockpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University.
Professor Skocpol is a pioneer in macro-political analysis, from revolution and welfare state development to the emergence of US conservative politics. She has won numerous awards, including the C.Wright Mills Award for States and Social Revolutions and the Woodrow Wilson Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book in political science.
In 2007, she was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science for her "visionary analysis of the significance of the state for revolutions, welfare, and political trust, pursued with theoretical depth and empirical evidence." The Skytte Prize is one of the largest and most prestigious in political science and is awarded annually by the Skytte Foundation at Uppsala University (Sweden) to the scholar who in the view of the foundation has made the most valuable contribution to the discipline.
The lecture is the 17th in a series funded by a generous benefaction from Dr S. T. Lee, who has funded lectures in the humanities all over the world.