Daniel Ziblatt is Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University where he is Acting Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Cener for European Studies.
His research focuses on democratization, democratic breakdown, political parties, state-building, and historical political economy, with an emphasis on Europe from the nineteenth century to the present. His three books include How Democracies Die (Crown, 2018), co-authored with Steve Levitsky), a New York Times best-seller, being translated into fifteen languages. He is also the author of Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2017), which won the American Political Science Association's 2018 Woodrow Wilson Prize for the best book in government and international relations as well as three other prizes including the American Sociological Association's 2018 Barrington Moore Book Prize. His first book was Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism (Princeton, 2006 ).
Ziblatt co-chairs (with Steve Levitsky) a new Challenges to Democracy Research Cluster (for postdocs, undergraduates, and PhD students) at Harvard's Weatherhead Center. He also directs a research program for graduate and undergraduate students at Harvard's Institute of Quantitative Social Science ("Politics Through Time") and has served as interim director of Harvard's de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. He has been a visiting fellow at European and American universities, including the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), Sciences Po (Paris), as well as several German universities, including most recently in the Department of History (State Archive of Bavaria and Institute of Bavarian History) at the Ludwigs Maximilian University (Munich, Germany)