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ISTR Keynote speakers!

We are thrilled to announce that we have confirmed two of the sector’s great scholars to speak at the conference in July.  Do you recognize them from their photos alone?

They are, of course, Theda Skocpol and Stanley Katz!

Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University and Director of the Scholars Strategy Network, a national organization that encourages public engagement by university-based scholars in the U.S.  Her work is wide-ranging, and includes both comparative politics (States and Social Revolutions, 1979) and American politics (Protecting Soldiers and Mothers, 1992). Prof. Skocpol’s research for the last two decades has primarily focused on health care reform, public policy, and civic engagement amidst the shifting inequalities in American democracy.


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.

Stanley Katz is is Professor in Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University, and Director of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.  He is also President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies, the national humanities organization in the United States.

Prof. Katz is the inaugural recipient of the ISTR Lecture Prize, which has been established by the Society to honor a member who has made a significant contribution to the field of Third Sector Research. Prof. Katz has been asked to reflect on his work in the field of Third Sector Studies as well as the development of the field during his scholarship.  This prize is a close second to the National Humanities Medal he awarded by President Obama in 2011.  katz_medal2

Prof. Katz’s recent research has focused on developments in American philanthropy, the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy, and upon the relationship of the United States to the international human rights regime.

He is the Editor in Chief of the recently published Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, and the Editor Emeritus of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the United States Supreme Court. He also writes about higher education policy, and has published a blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education.  He is the co-founder and editor of the history of philanthropy blog

We are looking forward to the insights these giants in the field have to offer.  See you in Stockholm