Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs at Yale University. He has written widely and influentially on democracy, justice, and the methods of social inquiry. A native of South Africa, he received his J.D. from the Yale Law School and his Ph.D from the Yale Political Science Department where he has taught since 1984 and served as chair from 1999 to 2004. Shapiro served as Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies from 2004-2019. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Academy of Social Insurance. Shapiro is a past fellow of the Carnegie Corporation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cape Town, Keio University in Tokyo, and Nuffield College, Oxford. His recent books are Politics Against Domination (Harvard University Press, 2016),  Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself (Yale University Press, 2018) with Frances Rosenbluth, The Wolf at the Door: The Menace of Economic Insecurity and how to Fight It  (Harvard University Press, 2020) with Michael Graetz, and Uncommon Sense (Yale University Press, 2024).  His current research concerns the relations between democracy and the distribution of income and wealth and the sources and consequences of populist politics. 

Courses Taught

GLBL 711/GLBL 382/PLSC 571/PLSC 383/EP&E 403: Designing and Reforming Democracy with David Froomkin (Fall)
GLBL 101: Gateway to Global Affairs with Penny Goldberg (Spring)