About the Director

Erez Manela, Acting Director, 2022–2023

Headshot of Erez ManelaErez Manela is Professor of History at Harvard University, where he teaches international history and the history of the United States in the world. He serves as Director of Graduate Programs at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, where he is also Acting Center Director in 2022–2023. He also cochairs the Harvard International and Global History Seminar (HIGHS).

Manela has published extensively on the history of World War I and its aftermath. His prize-winning book The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism showed how US attempts to recast international order in the wake of World War I helped spark upheavals across the colonial world in 1919 and beyond. He has also researched the history of international development, notably on the World Health Organization's global smallpox eradication program in the 1960s and 1970s and what it tells us about the intersection of superpower relations, international development, and international organizations in that era.

His current work examines the global discourse about World War II as a "race war" and how it shaped visions for the postwar international order. He also has a longstanding interest in the conceptual and methodological aspects of writing international history.

Manela has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others, and was a Burkhardt Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He is also, along with Heather Streets-Salter, general editor of the book series on Global and International History at Cambridge University Press. 

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Melani Cammett, Director, 2021–present (on leave 2022–2023)

Image of Melani CammettMelani Cammett is Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs in the Department of Government and Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She also holds a secondary faculty appointment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Cammett's books include The Oxford Handbook on Politics in Muslim Societies (coedited with Pauline Jones, Oxford University Press 2022), Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (Cornell University Press 2014), which won the American Political Science Association (APSA) Giovanni Sartori Book Award and the Honorable Mention for the APSA Gregory Luebbert Book Award; A Political Economy of the Middle East (coauthored with Ishac Diwan, Alan Richards, and John Waterbury, Routledge 2015); The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare in the Global South (coedited with Lauren Morris MacLean, Cornell University Press 2014), which received the Honorable Mention for the ARNOVA book award; and Globalization and Business Politics in North Africa (Cambridge University Press 2007). Her current research explores peace and reconciliation after ethnoreligious conflict, the politics of social service delivery, and the historical roots of economic and social development, primarily in the Middle East. Cammett has published numerous articles in academic and policy journals, consults for development policy organizations, and is the recipient of various fellowships and awards. She currently serves as a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Syria.

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