Daniel Ziblatt is Professor of Government at Harvard University and has served as interim director of Harvard University's Minda De Gunzburg Center for European Studies. His research and teaching interests include democratization, state-building, comparative politics, and historical political economy, with a particular interest in European political development. He is the author of three books, How Democracies Die (with Steven Levitsky) forthcoming in January 2018, Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism(Princeton University Press, 2006). He also was co-editor of a 2010 special double issue of Comparative Political Studies entitled "The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies." Recent scholarly articles have appeared in Journal of Economic History,American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies,and World Politics. His work has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the American Political Science Association's 2007 Best Book Prize in European Politics, APSA's Mary Parker Follett Prize in Politics and History, the Gregory Luebbert Prize in Comparative Politics, prizes from the Comparative Democratization Section of APSA, as well as the Gabriel Almond Dissertation Prize and the Ernst Haas Dissertation Prize. Ziblatt is the director of a research program at Harvard University called Politics Through Time, which is a hub for social scientific research on the political history of democracy and political accountability. He has been a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence Italy), DAAD Fellow in Berlin, an Alexander von Humboldt visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne and the University of Konstanz, Germany, and visiting professor at Sciences Po Paris (2014) and Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris (2009) and Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and holder of the Suzanne Young Murray Fellowship at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He serves on the editorial board of several journals, including Comparative Political Studies, World Politics, and German Politics and Society.Ziblatt received his PhD from University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. degree in German Studies and Politics at Pomona College.