Seymour Martin Lipset, professor of Government and Social Relations, will leave Harvard in the fall for a post at Stanford University, The Crimson learned yesterday.
Lipset last night declined to confirm the report, but sources said that Lipset will become a research associate at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace.
Lipset said Stanford approached him earlier this year and offered him a joint appointment as a professor of social relations and political science at the university and as a research associate at Hoover.
"It might be that I will be at Stanford in the fall," Lipset said. "If it takes effect I will concentrate on the study of education."
Wesley G. Campbell, director of the institution, declined to comment on Lipset's reported appointment.
Harvey C. Mansfield Jr., chairman of the Government Department, could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Herbert Hoover founded the institution in 1919 to house a collection of documents concerning the consequences of World War I. It now functions as a research institution to study social, political, and economic change in this country.
Lipset said he is considering moving to Stanford because he and his wife like California. "Harvard has its intellectual attractions, but we think we'd rather live in California," he said.
Lipset came to Harvard in 1965 from Berkeley as a visiting professor. He became a full professor in 1966. The author of more than a dozen books on the sociology of political movements, Lipset has most recently concentrated his study on student movements.
David Riesman '31, Ford Professor of Social Sciences said yesterday if Lipset were to go to Stanford, "it would leave a very great hole in the department."
"There aren't many Lipsets," he said.
This year Lipset taught Government 110, "Politics and Society," an analysis of the social basis of political institutions. Traditionally a liberal, Lipset in recent years has been noted for his attacks on anti-Zionist factions of the new left for what he called in one New York Times article, "the anti-Semitism of fools."