Elinor Ostrom (August 7, 1933 – June 12, 2012) was an American political economist whose analysis of self-governance and the commons, along with other notable works, lead her to become the first woman to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Ostrom authored many books in the fields of political science, public administration, and organizational theory.
Fun Fact: In 2012, Ostrom was cited as one of the world's 100 most influential people by TIME Magazine.
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