New WCFIA Values Statement

August 26, 2022
The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is a diverse community of over 400 students, staff, visiting scholars, and faculty who are dedicated to social science research. This diversity makes us strong, and we are committed to a set of community values that help shape our decisions both large and small. We invite you to read our values statement, a working document thoughtfully crafted by the new Standing Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EDIB). 

Welcome Message from Acting Director Erez Manela

August 23, 2022

Erez ManelaWelcome to the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University! Our community of scholars researches complex international, transnational, global, and comparative topics at the frontier of the social sciences. We aim to support research on the most important questions facing societies across the globe. 

We are a large Center: our community spans twelve of Harvard’s fourteen schools and our affiliates include more than 200 Harvard faculty and over 150 graduate and undergraduate students, visiting scholars, fellows, and postdoctoral researchers. We offer our affiliates numerous opportunities to exchange ideas about their research as we maintain our tradition of theoretical and methodological pluralism.... Read more about Welcome Message from Acting Director Erez Manela

Emma Rothschild Wins PROSE Award in European History

May 23, 2022
Faculty Associate Emma Rothschild, Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History at Harvard University, is the recipient of the 2022 PROSE Award in European History for her book, An Infinite History: The Story of a Family in France over Three Centuries (Princeton University Press, 2021). Every year the Association of American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Awards) recognize the best in professional and scholarly publishing by celebrating the authors, editors, and publishers whose works have made significant advancements in their respective fields of study.

Christy Thornton Wins Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award

May 16, 2022
Former Postdoctoral Fellow Christy Thornton, now as assistant professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University, is the recipient of the 2022 Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award for her book, Revolution in Development: Mexico and the Governance of the Global Economy (University of California Press, 2021). The award, in honor of the thinker, political scientist, and analyst Luciano Tomassini, is presented by the Latin American Studies Association to an author of an outstanding book on Latin American foreign policies and international relations. 

New Members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

May 3, 2022
Several Faculty Associates are members of the 2022 class of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences: Erica Chenoweth, Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Kennedy School and Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University; Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University; Eve Blau, Adjunct Professor of the History and Theory of Urban Form and Design and Director of Research at Harvard Graduate School of Design; and Suzanne Preston Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University.

Philippe Aghion Is Hayek Book Prize Finalist

May 2, 2022
Former Faculty Associate Philippe Aghion, professor at the College de France and at the London School of Economics, is a finalist for the 2022 Hayek Book Prize for his book, The Power of Creative Destruction: Economic Upheaval and the Wealth of Nations (Harvard University Press, 2021). The award, given by the Manhattan Institute, honors the book that best reflects Friedrich Hayek’s vision of economic and individual liberty, and encourages other scholars to follow his example. The winner of the Hayek Prize is chosen from among the nominations by a selection committee of distinguished economists, journalists, and scholars. 

Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey Awarded William Dawson Chair at McGill University

April 22, 2022
Former William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey, now assistant professor of history and classical studies at McGill University, was awarded the William Dawson Chair at McGill. This endowed research chair—tenable for five years and renewable once—recognizes an outstanding scholar, a tenure-track assistant or associate professor, who is poised to become a leader in his or her field. Adjetey’s forthcoming book, Cross-Border Cosmopolitans: The Making of a Pan-African North America (UNC Press) delves into the global Black freedom struggle.

Michèle Lamont Awarded Honorary Doctorate

April 21, 2022
Faculty Associate and Former Director Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and professor of sociology and of African and African American studies at Harvard University, received an honorary degree from the University of Antwerp. Every few years, the University of Antwerp faculty recommends an internationally renowned scientist for an honorary doctorate. Lamont was recognized for her expertise in sociological issues on culture and social inequality.

Sheila Jasanoff Wins Holberg Prize

March 28, 2022
Faculty Associate Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard Kennedy School, is the recipient of the 2022 Holberg Prize for her pioneering work in the field of science and technology studies. The goal of the Holberg Prize, established by the Norwegian Parliament in 2003, is to increase awareness of the value of academic scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, law, and theology—all attributes of Jasanoff’s work that forges a unique body of research that connects many disciplines.

Durba Mitra Wins Bernard S. Cohn Prize

March 1, 2022
Faculty Associate Durba Mitra, assistant professor of women, gender, and sexuality and Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, is the recipient of the Bernard S. Cohn Prize for her book, Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought (Princeton University Press, 2020). The award is presented by the Association for Asian Studies and honors outstanding scholarship for a first single-authored monograph on South Asia.