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He has earned international recognition for his study of opportunity gaps facing children.
In Our Kids, Dr. Putnam offers a personal and authoritative look at the new American crisis, beginning with the example of his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. The vast majority of those students went on to lives better than those of their parents.
But, their children and grandchildren have faced diminishing prospects. Dr. Putnam tells the tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich, middle class and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country, blended with the latest social-science research. Our Kids combines individual testimony and rigorous evidence
“No one can finish this book and feel complacent about equal opportunity,” a reviewer wrote in The New York Times.
The Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, Dr. Putnam is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. He has received numerous scholarly honors. He has written 14 books, translated into more than 20 languages.
His Bowling Alone and Making Democracy Work rank among the most cited publications in the social sciences in the last half century. His 2010 book, co-authored with David E. Campbell, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, won the American Political Science Association’s 2011 Woodrow Wilson Award as the best book in political science.
He has consulted for the last three American presidents, the last three British prime ministers, the last French president, prime ministers from Ireland to Singapore, and hundreds of grassroots leaders and activists in many countries.