Pietro Nivola was a senior fellow emeritus at the Brookings Institution at the time of his passing in April 2017, serving as vice president and director of Governance Studies between 2004 and 2008. He began his Brookings career as a visiting fellow in 1988, and was appointed a senior fellow in 1993. Prior to his time at Brookings, Nivola had been an associate professor of political science at the University of Vermont and a lecturer in the department of government at Harvard University.
Brookings has established the Pietro S. Nivola Intern program in his memory, an honorific designation awarded to one Governance Studies intern each term in recognition of their commitment to the Brookings values of intellectual curiosity, collegiality, inclusion, and leadership.
Could it be that, for all the laments about America's 'gridlocked' and 'broken' political system, it actually appears to have done a better job contending with the Great Recession and its aftermath than do many other advanced democracies?