We invite you to honor PRA's Founder

Jean Hardisty

with a donation to the:

Jean Hardisty Legacy Fund for Action Research


On June 9, 2004, on the occasion of Jean Hardisty's transition from Political Research Associates, PRA established the Jean Hardisty Legacy Fund for Action Research as a way to honor Jean and to perpetuate the legacy of her work supporting the progressive movement. The Legacy Fund will support, on an annual basis, action research projects that reflect the values and issues Jean cares about, including: welfare rights, civil rights, women's rights, and LGBT rights. In addition to supporting on-going action research projects at PRA, the Legacy Fund may support:
  • A grassroots action research fellow at PRA.
  • A Study Group for grassroots activists.
  • A research partnership project with a grassroots organization
(Please note that donations for the Legacy Fund will be targeted directly to projects under the above guidelines, and will not be used to support any administrative overhead costs related to the Fund.)

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JEAN V. HARDISTY's Biography


Jean Hardisty Jean Hardisty is 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.

Now in its 23rd year, PRA is nationally known for its extensive collection of primary and secondary resources on the Right, its accurate and accessible analysis, and its role as advisor on researching and opposing the Right.

Dr. Hardisty is a widely published author and has been an activist for social justice issues, especially women's rights and civil rights, for three decades. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Community Change, the Highlander Research and Education Center, and The Women's Community Cancer Project. Her book, titled 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.

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