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Jane Mansbridge

Political Scientist

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November 19, 1939 (age 84) (
New York City, New York, U.S.

Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

John F. Kennedy School of Government

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Jane Jebb Mansbridge (born November 19, 1939) is an American political scientist.


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Jane Mansbridge is currently the Charles F. Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College in 1961, her M.A. in History from Harvard in 1966, and her Ph.D. in Government from Harvard in 1971. She previously taught at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. She has made contributions to democratic theory, feminist scholarship, and the empirical study of social movements and direct democracy. She is particularly known for the distinction between unitary and adversary democracy (based on common and conflicting interests respectively), and for her concepts of gyroscopic representation (based on inner motivation, the selection model of representation, and surrogate representation (representation of others outside one's district). She is currently working on the necessity for legitimate coercion created by our need for "free access goods".

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Prizes, awards and honors

  • 1971–1972: National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • 1982–1983: Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellow.
  • 1985–1986: Institute for Advanced Study, Member.
  • 1987: Co-recipient, APSA Kammerer Award.
  • 1988: Co-recipient, APSA Schuck Award.
  • 1991–1992: Russell Sage Foundation, Visiting Scholar.
  • 1994: Elected member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • 1997–1998, 2001–2002: Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Fellow.
  • 1998: Jane Mansbridge Scholar-Activist Award created, Northwestern University.
  • 2004: Radcliffe Graduate Society Medal.
  • 2005: Jane Mansbridge Research Paper Award (annual) created, Women and Public Policy Program, Kennedy School, Harvard University.
  • 2004–2005: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Fellow 2004–2005.
  • 2010: Midwest Women's Caucus for Political Science Outstanding Professional Achievement Award.
  • 2011: APSA James Madison Award.
  • 2012–2013: American Political Science Association President.
  • 2014: elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.
  • References

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