Margaret Levi is the Sara Miller McCune Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University, and Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita of International Studies, University of Washington. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Sciences. She served as president of the American Political Science Association, 2004-2005. In 2014 she received the William H. Riker Prize in Political Science. She earned her BA from Bryn Mawr College in 1968 and her PhD from Harvard University in 1974. She was general editor of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics and is co-general editor of the Annual Review of Political Science. Levi is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and seven books. Always interested in how to improve government and its relationship with those it serves, she explores how organizations provoke member willingness to act beyond material interest and the conditions under which people come to believe their governments are legitimate and the consequences of those beliefs for compliance, consent, and the rule of law.
Levi and her husband, Robert Kaplan, are avid collectors of Australian Aboriginal art. Ancestral Modern, published by Yale University Press and the Seattle Art Museum, catalogues some of their collection.