Paul Pierson

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Paul Pierson
Paul Pierson 2012 04.jpg
Born 1959 (age 58–59)
Eugene, Oregon
Nationality American
Alma mater Oberlin College (B.A.)
Yale University (Ph.D.)
Known for Winner-Take-All Politics,
 • The Transformation of American Politics,
 • Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy
Scientific career
Fields Political Science, comparative public policy
Institutions University of California, Berkeley

Paul Pierson (born 1959) is a professor of political science and holder of the John Gross Endowed Chair of Political Science (and he holds/held the Avice Saint Chair of Public Policy) at the University of California, Berkeley. From 2007-2010 he served at UC Berkeley as Chair of the Department of Political Science. He is noted for his research on comparative public policy and political economy, the welfare state, and American political development.

Pierson is a native of Eugene, Oregon, where both of his parents taught at the University of Oregon. He graduated with a B.A. in government from Oberlin College in 1981 and then attended graduate school at Yale University, completing an M.A. and M.Phil in 1986 and a PhD degree in political science in 1989.

Pierson taught at Harvard University from 1989 to 2004, when he moved to the University of California, Berkeley.[1] He was a visiting professor at the European University Institute in 1999.

Pierson's first book, Dismantling the Welfare State?, was a revision of his doctoral dissertation and won the American Political Science Association's Kammerer Prize for the best work on American national politics published in 1994. His journal article “Increasing Returns, Path Dependence, and the Study of Politics” won the Heinz Eulau Award for the best article published in the American Political Science Review in 2000. His 2010 book with Jacob Hacker, Winner-Take-All Politics, was a New York Times bestseller. Their most recent book is American Amnesia, which argues for the restoration and reinvigoration of the United States' mixed economy.

Pierson was president of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association for 2003-04.

Pierson is married to Tracey Goldberg, a landscape architect. They live in Berkeley, CA with their two children.

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  1. ^ "Star power at Berkeley". San Francisco Chronicle. March 29, 2004. Retrieved December 30, 2010. 

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