Adam Przeworski is the Carroll and Milton Professor Emeritus of Politics and (by courtesy) Economics at New York University. Previously he taught at the University of Chicago and held visiting appointments in India, Chile, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1991, he is the recipient of the 1985 Socialist Review Book Award, the 1998 Gregory M. Luebbert Article Award, the 2001 Woodrow Wilson Prize, the 2010 Lawrence Longley Article Award, the 2018 Sakip Sabanci International Award, and the 2018 Juan Linz Prize. In 2010, he received the Johan Skytte Prize. He recently published Why Bother with Elections? (Polity Press 2018) and Crises of Democracy (Cambridge University Press 2019).

Research Interests

Adam Przeworski has studied political regimes, democracy, autocracy, and their intermediate forms, the conditions under which regimes survive and change, as well as their consequences for economic development and income equality. His focus is on the role of elections as a mechanism of managing societal conflicts. His current projects concern the phenomenon of "democratic backsliding," the historical evolution of constitutional rules for electing chief executives, and the policies adopted by different regimes in response to the Covid19 pandemic.

Membership Type


Election Year


Primary Section

Section 53: Social and Political Sciences

Secondary Section

Section 54: Economic Sciences