Alfred C. Stepan is a comparative political scientist and Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government at Columbia University, where he is also director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion.
Stepan gained his PhD from Columbia University in 1969 and subsequently taught at Yale University, before being appointed Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia in 1983. He became the first Rector of Central European University in 1993, and in 1996 was appointed Gladstone Professor of Government at All Souls College, Oxford University. He returned to Columbia University in 1999. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1991 and a member of the British Academy since 1997.
He has authored and edited a large number of books, including "Arguing Comparative Politics", (Oxford University Press, 2001), and, co-authored with Juan Linz and Yogendra Yadav, "Democracy in Multinational Societies: India and Other Polities", (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) and with Juan Linz, Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation: Southern Europe, South America, and Post Communist Europe, (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996). He has also recently edited "Democracies in Danger" (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).
In 2012, Alfred Stepan was awarded the Karl Deutsch award, the highest award in the discipline of Comparative Politics / Political Science. It is awarded by the International Political Science Association and has so far been given to Juan Linz (2003), Charles Tilly (2006) and Giovanni Sartori (2009).
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