Honors and Awards




Charles E. Merriam

Charles E. Merriam


The American Political Science Association has honored Pippa Norris with the 2019 Charles E. Merriam Award. This is designed to recognize a person whose published work and career represent “a significant contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research”. First presented in 1975, the award is given biennially. Charles Merriam's career exemplified a combination of innovative political and social science scholarship and practical service to the community and nation. Previous honorees include Robert Putnam, Kathryn Kikkink and Joseph Nye.


American Academy of Arts and Sciences

In 2018, Pippa Norris became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to address critical challenges facing our global society.


The George H. Hallett Award 2018

This award was presented to Pippa Norris and Joni Lovenduski for their coauthored book, Political Representation: Gender, Race and Class in the British Parliament. 1995. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. The prize was given "for a book published at least ten years ago which has made a last contribution to the literature on representation and electoral systems".

2017 International Institutional Engagement Award

The Electoral Integrity Project was honored to receive the 2017 International Institutional Engagement Award at the 15th International Electoral Awards Ceremony, held at the Dead Sea, Jordan on December 5th, 2017.

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Dr Sarah Cameron received the award on behalf of the Electoral Integrity Project.

The event was organized by the Independent Election Commission of Jordan (IEC), the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) and the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES). The awards are designed to recognize the work of the international electoral community by honouring their significant contribution to the democratic process on an international level. 

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Pippa Norris, a leading political scientist has been accorded a major international honour for her lifetime contributions to the discipline of political studies.

Pippa Norris, Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and founder and director of the Electoral Integrity Project, was awarded the 2017 Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize by the Political Studies Association (PSA) at a recent ceremony in London.

"Professor Norris has been awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for the significant contribution she has made as a major political thinker and in helping to shape academic research on democracy, electoral integrity, and populism – all issues that are relevant now more than ever,” said the PSA Awards jury.

Norris’s research compares public opinion and elections, political institutions and cultures, gender politics, and political communications in many countries worldwide. She is the fourth most cited political scientist worldwide, according to Google Scholar, and is the second most downloaded political scientist in the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).

Naturally I was delighted to learn that the PSA had honoured me with the Sir Isaiah Berlin award. The PSA has been seminal in my early career and it will always be an enduring part of my intellectual home,” said Norris.

It is also a particular honour to be given this award given the high regard I have always felt for the life and legacy of Sir Isaiah Berlin, and his passionate defence of liberty and value pluralism, which is more important now than ever.”



2016 Brown Democracy Medal


The Electoral Integrity Project was honored to receive the 2016 Brown Democracy Medal from McCourtney Institute for Democracy, Penn State University. 

The award recognizes an outstanding individual, organization or a group of individuals for exceptional innovation in the advancement of democracy in the United States or around the world. The Laurence and Lynne Brown Democracy Medal spotlights and honors the best work being done to advance democracy here and internationally.

Pippa Norris accepted the award and gave a public lecture on Why American Elections are Flawed (and How to Fix Them). The essay was subsequently published by Cornell University Press.



On 20 July 2017, Pippa Norris was honored to be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law at the degree ceremony by the University of Warwick.

She studied as an undergraduate for a BA (Joint Hons) in Politics and Philosophy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Warwick University in 1972-74.

While at Warwick, she also delivered a public lecture on The Silent Revolution's Twin Progeny: Populist-Authoritarians and Populist-Progressives.



In July 2014, Pippa Norris was awarded the Karl Deutsch Award by the International Political Science Association (IPSA) at the World Congress in Montreal, Canada.

Previous awardees include Gabriel Almond, Juan Linz, and Charles Tilly. The purpose of the Karl Deutsch Award is to honour a prominent scholar engaged in the cross-disciplinary research of which Karl Deutsch was a master. The recipient presents the Karl Deutsch lecture at the IPSA World Congress of Political Science. The Karl Deutsch Lectures are published in the International Political Science Review. The award is made on the recommendation of the IPSA Committee on Organization, Procedures and Awards (COPA). It is supported by the Karl Deutsch fund. 

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The 2011 Johan Skytte Prize was awarded to Ronald Inglehart, University of Michigan, and Pippa Norris, Harvard University for contributing innovative ideas about the relevance and roots of political culture in a global context. The Johan Skytte Prize at Uppsala University is among the most prestigious prizes relating to the field of political science and carries an award of SEK 500,000.

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The 2011 Johan Skytte Prize in political science is awarded to two researchers who individually but far and foremost in close cooperation have systematically investigated and highlighted the importance of human values and value change for political behavior and societal life. Ronald Inglehart, professor in sociology at the University of Michigan and Pippa Norris, professor in political science at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, share the prize for “contributing innovative ideas about the relevance and  roots of political culture in a global context, transcending previous mainstream approaches of research”.  

In three co-authored books and numerous articles they have, through sophisticated analyses and a globally-based material including a majority of the world´s population, shown that a crucial key to continuity and change in political participation, interest and why issues become prioritized is the values, beliefs and attitudes of the citizens themselves. In their joint work, the importance of religion in today's contemporary world has been in focus, as well as gender equality and the role of global media and information technology in affecting values to converge or become more polarized. The process of value formation and change is intimately related to structural factors such as the shift from industrial to post-industrial production, and furthermore rests on feelings of existential security which are affected by a spread in the equality of well-being.  

Characteristic of Norris and Inglehart´s research is that their analyses ties together their own as well as previously launched theories with a uniquely rich and subtle material, allowing for systematic empirical testing, development but also refutation. Their focus is consequently on the citizens, the people, and their indirect interplay with elites and political and societal institutions.         

Ronald Inglehart and Pippa Norris accepted the prize at a ceremony in Uppsala University, Sweden on 24 September 2011.