Faculty Associate and director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Susan J. Pharr, also the Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics at Harvard University, was awarded a 2016 Japan Foundation Award for her lifetime of work in promoting international mutual understanding, especially between Japan and the United States. Pharr is a widely recognized leader in her field, and holds deep insight into Japanese politics through a comparative politics lens. Every year the Japan Foundation awards individuals and organizations that have helped promote understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries.
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Karl Kaiser, Senior Associate of the Weatherhead Center's Program on Transatlantic Relations and adjunct professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, was awarded the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award. Recipients of this award, given by the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) at Tufts University, typically give a lecture and work with the IGL to create meaningful learning opportunities for its students at their organization or home country.
Congratulations to WCFIA Undergraduate Associates Hanna Amanuel, Alice Siqi Han, and Bianca Mulaney, who are among the winners of the 2016 Hoopes Prize. Every year awards are given to a group of Harvard seniors who demonstrate outstanding scholarly work or research. Students win a monetary award and their projects are bound and available in Lamont Library for two years.
Orlando Patterson, the John Cowles Professor of Sociology, was awarded the 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award. The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to the understanding of racism and the appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Patterson edited The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth in 2015.
Matthew Desmond, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center, recently published Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Told through the stories of eight families in Milwaukee's poorest neighborhoods, the book details America's extreme poverty and economic exploitation, and offers new ideas to solve this crisis.
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Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and director of the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University recently published The Gates of Europe A History of Ukraine. The book is an authoritative history of this vital country and provides a unique insight into the origins of the most dangerous international crisis since the end of the Cold War.
Bianca Mulaney is one of two Harvard recipients to receive the Marshall Scholarship, which finances talented young Americans to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Mulaney, whose research interests involve assessing the economic impact of antimicrobial resistance in agriculture, plans to study at both the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Read more about the award in the Harvard Gazette.