Research Clusters

Weatherhead Research Cluster on International Security

Much scholarly and public attention is paid these days to nonconventional security challenges like civil conflicts, terrorism, and human security more broadly. Our cluster aims to revive the academic study of traditional interstate security studies at Harvard. This, however, is not a return to ‘old’ security studies nor a reproduction of policy-focused security studies. We are interested in employing new theories and methodologies that are relevant to understanding understudied features in traditional interstate security. Our focus is on three novel research lines:

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Weatherhead Research Cluster on Regions in a Multipolar World

What brings together the cluster’s faculty participants, heterogeneous in disciplinary background and expertise, is a shared curiosity about the organization of the international system at a time of transition. The near-consensus view in academe, government, and think tanks is that the post-Cold War unipolar moment under the tutelage of the United States is in the process of yielding to a multipolar world where leverage and leadership will be more widely distributed. The current scene is defined not solely by the prospect of a US retreat but also by the rise of Chinese influence and...

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Weatherhead Research Cluster on Religion in Public Life in Africa and the African Diaspora

In the last few decades, religion has taken a central place in Africa and African diaspora affairs and indeed that of the Global South more broadly. Social, economic, and political discourses have been increasingly shaped by religious sensibilities and religious activities. In particular, the current situation poses a major challenge to African nations in their commitment to creating secular states and in the constantly shifting and contested boundary between the secular and the sacred, the public and the private.

Research questions center around the following themes:

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Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion

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Advanced industrial societies are increasingly characterized by two accentuated trends: growing inequality and multiple recognition gaps. The poor, workers, immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQs, and other marginalized groups experience stigmatization, and some of these groups claim recognition. This double tension serves as a fruitful point of entry for future...

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Weatherhead Research Cluster on Challenges to Democracy

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The Weatherhead Research Cluster on Challenges to Democracy focuses on the different and similar threats to democracy faced by nations around the world. Our aim is to foster conversation between scholars of developing and established democracies, including America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Formerly known as the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Global...

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Weatherhead Research Cluster on Global Transformations (WIGH)

This cluster began in 2011 as the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, before becoming the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Global Transformations in 2017.

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Global history is one of the leading new approaches in recent years that has helped to transform the study of the past. The contemporary trends summarized under the term “globalization” have lent urgency to...

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