Jean Hardisty is the Founder and President Emerita of Political Research Associates (PRA), a Boston-based research center that analyzes right wing, authoritarian, and anti-democratic trends and publishes educational materials for the general public. A political scientist with a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, she left academia after eight years of teaching and researching conservative political thought to establish PRA in response to the emergence of the New Right in 1981. After 23 years, she retired from PRA in 2004 and is now a Senior Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Research on Women at Wellesley College.
Dr. Hardisty is a widely published author and has been an activist for social justice issues, especially women’s rights and civil rights, for over thirty years. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Highlander Research And Education Center, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Center for Women Policy Studies, Grassroots International, the Center for Community Change, and the Women’s Community Cancer Project. Her book, Mobilizing Resentment: Conservative Resurgence from the John Birch Society to the Promise Keepers, was published by Beacon Press in October 1999 and is now available in paperback.