Robert D. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Research Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. In 2006, Putnam received the Skytte Prize, the world's highest accolade for a political scientist, and in 2012, he received the National Humanities Medal, the nation’s highest honor for contributions to the humanities. Notable publications include Making Democracy Work and Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, both among the most cited (and bestselling) social science works in the last half century. His most recent book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, a New York Times bestseller and soon to be Public Television Series, chronicles the growing gap in opportunity for American youth.  Putnam is now working on a major empirical project about 20th century economic, social and political trends and the implications for American culture. The Sunday Times of London has called Robert D. Putnam "The most influential academic in the world."