About the Director

Melani Cammett, Acting Director, 2019–2020 academic year

Image of Melani CammettMelani Cammett is Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs in the Department of Government and Chair of The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies at Harvard University. She also holds a secondary faculty appointment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Cammett's books include 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, Westview Press, 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 governance and social service provision, identity politics, 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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Michèle Lamont, Director, 2015–present (on sabbatical 2019–2020)

Image of Michele LamontMichèle Lamont is professor of sociology and of African and African American studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She served as the 108th president of the American Sociological Association in 2016–2017 and she chaired the Council for European Studies from 2006–2009. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Erasmus Prize for her contributions to the social sciences in Europe and the rest of the world. A cultural and comparative sociologist, Lamont is the author of a dozen books and edited volumes and over one hundred articles and chapters on a range of topics including culture and inequality, racism and stigma, academia and knowledge, social change and successful societies, and qualitative methods. Her most recent publications include the coauthored book Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016); a special issue of the British Journal of Sociology on “The Trump/Brexit Moment: Causes and Consequences”; and her ASA Presidential Address “Addressing Recognition Gaps: Destigmatization and the Reduction of Inequality,” published in the American Sociological Review. She serves on the boards of the American Council of Learned Societies, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Lamont is director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, and co-director of the Successful Societies Program, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

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