MARGARET LEVI is the director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) and professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is the Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita of International Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. Levi has been a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University. She held the Chair in Politics, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, 2009-13 and is currently an affiliate professor there. At the University of Washington she was director of the CHAOS (Comparative Historical Analysis of Organizations and States) Center and formerly the Harry Bridges Chair and director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. She became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 2002. She served as president of the American Political Science Association from 2004 to 2005. She is the recipient of the 2014 William H. Riker Prize for Political Science.
Levi is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and books, including: Of Rule and Revenue, Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism, Analytic Narratives, and Cooperation Without Trust?, and, most recently, In the Interest of Others, co-authored with John Ahlquist.
Levi's research continues to focus on how to improve the quality of government. She is also committed to understanding and improving supply chains so that the goods we consume are produced in a manner that sustains both the workers and the environment.
She is general editor of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics and co-general editor of the Annual Review of Political Science. Levi serves on the boards of the: Social Science Research Council (SSRC); Institute For Advanced Study; Center for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (CEACS) in Madrid; and Scholar and Research Group of the World Justice Project.
Her fellowships include the Woodrow Wilson in 1968, German Marshall in 1988-9, and the Center for Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences in 1993-1994. She has lectured and been a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, the European University Institute, Max Planck Institute in Cologne, the Juan March Institute, the Budapest Collegium, Cardiff University, Oxford University, Bergen University, and Peking University. She was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar in 2005-6. She periodically serves as a consultant to the World Bank.