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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute Associate Professorship of Political Science

Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Established in 2020 by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION (SNF) is one of the world’s leading private, international philanthropic organizations, making grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas of arts and culture, education, health, and sports and social welfare. SNF funds organizations and projects worldwide that aim to achieve a broad, lasting, and positive impact for society at large and exhibit strong leadership and sound management. The Foundation also supports projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare.

Since 1996, the Foundation has committed more than $2.9 billion through more than 4,550 grants to nonprofit organizations in 124 nations around the world.

Held by Lilliana Mason

LILLIANA MASON, Ph.D., is an SNF Agora Institute Associate Professor of Political Science.

She is co-author, with Nathan P. Kalmoe, of Radical American Partisanship: Mapping Violent Hostility, Its Causes, and the Consequences for Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 2022), and author of Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity (University of Chicago Press, 2018).

She received her Ph.D. in political psychology from Stony Brook University and her BA in politics from Princeton University. Her research on partisan identity, partisan bias, social sorting, and American social polarization has been published in journals such as American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political SciencePublic Opinion Quarterly, and Political Behavior, and featured in media outlets including the New York Timesthe Washington PostCNN, and National Public Radio.

Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Facebook Research Integrity Group, and the Democracy Fund.