Talk:Theda Skocpol

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As with Barrington Moore Jr., I don't have huge knowledge on this subject, but thought that Skocpol at least deserved a stub. Hopefully I'll be able to slowly flesh these out, or some kindly soul will lend a hand... Vanky 15:40, 12 Feb 2005 (UTC)


There's a 2,500 word paragraph in this article. It either needs to be cut down or at least punctuated properly by someone who understands Skocpol's work better than I do. Bandanamerchant (talk) 11:03, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

Some additions[edit]

I will be adding that Skocpol is currently "Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University"[1]. I don't believe that is addressed. Also, I plan to edit out the paragraph formation and present an updated bibliography.Eadoss (talk) 02:45, 3 June 2016 (UTC)


  1. ^ Missing or empty |title= (help)

Ideas to Improve this page[edit]

Week 3 Assignemnt My ideas to improve this page, feedback appreciated:

  • Add “Dr.” in front of each occurrence of “Skocpol”
  • Add a link to “state autonomy theory”
  • Reword “has written widely for both popular and academic audiences”
  • Possibly update picture
  • Edit/delete “2002-3, Skocpol…” and reword the sentence to say Skocpol served as President of the American Political Science Association from 2002 – 2003”
  • Add “University” after each occurrence of “Harvard”
  • Reword “Her 2003 work, Diminished Democracy, seeks to explain the decline of American civic participation in recent decades”
  • Add punctuation where needed, fix paragraph structures
  • Fix links that do not work (there are a few)
  • The last link on the page “About Skocpol” should be re-titled, and this link added:

--Eadoss (talk) 02:13, 5 June 2016 (UTC)

Suggested edit and editions to works cited[edit]

Here are some edits and additions I suggest to add information to the page, and then cite from in a bibliography: Politico. (2012). Arena Profile: Theda Skocpol. Politico, LLC. Retrieved from:

Klein, Ezra. (2016). Theda Skocpol on how political scientists think differently about politics. The Ezra Klein Show Podcast. The Stitcher. Retrieved from:

Harvard University. (2016). Theda Skocpol - Publications. Retrieved from:

Harvard University. (2016). Theda Skocpol - Biographical Note. Retrieved from:

Harvard University. (2016) Theda Skocpol - Curriculum Vitae. Retrieved from:

Skocpol, Theda. (1979). States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia, and China. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Skocpol, Theda. (1992). Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Skocpol, Theda. (1994). Social Revolutions in the Modern World. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.

Skocpol, Theda. (1995). Social Policy in the United States: Future Possibilities in Historical Perspective. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Skocpol, Theda. (1995). State and Party in America's New Deal. With Kenneth Finegold. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Skocpol, Theda. (1996). Boomerang: Clinton's Health Security Effort and the Turn Against Government in U.S. Politics. New York: W.W. Norton.

Skocpol, Theda. (1997). Boomerang: Health Reform and the Turn Against Government. New York: W.W. Norton.

Skocpol, Theda. (2000). The Missing Middle: Working Families and the Future of American Social Policy. A Century Foundation Book. New York: W. W. Norton.

Skocpol, Theda. (2003). Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life. Rothbaum Series. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.

Skocpol, Theda. (2006). What a Mighty Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for Racial Equality. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Skocpol, Theda. (2012). Obama and America’s Political Future. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press

Also, an addition of information on her newest work on the Tea Party.--Eadoss (talk) 00:29, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

Ok! Going forward[edit]

Hello - I see no one has commented or made any suggestions to the edits I want to make, so I am going to go forward with those.

Thanks - --Eadoss (talk) 01:18, 13 June 2016 (UTC)


Lots of edits today! I did a lot of cleaning up of Paragraphs, punctuation, etc. I added an Introduction title section. I also added to, arranged by date, and italicized titles. I edited some paragraphs in the biography and introduction sections to flow by date, so there wasn't so much skipping around. I also added an explanation of why she was given a particular award, then cited it in the notes at the bottom. I hope to dig deeper into the already addressed theory titles, to make sure they are explained correctly. Also, there is a good pod cast interview with that I want to add in here somewhere, but need ideas how and where. I added the pod cast link in one of my last talk comments above.--Eadoss (talk) 00:47, 27 June 2016 (UTC)


Can anyone out there in Wiki World find Theda Skocpol's maiden last name for me? ThanksEadoss (talk) 22:02, 2 July 2016 (UTC)

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