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Rohini Pande Wins 2018 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award

October 29, 2018
Faculty Associate Rohini Pande, Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School, is the recipient of the 2018 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award. The American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession has given out the award every year since 1998 to honor an "individual who has furthered the status of women in the economics profession through example, achievements, increasing our understanding of how women can advance in the economics profession or mentoring others." See the full announcement by the AEA for more details. 

Seven Faculty Associates Win Harvard Global Institute Grants

October 24, 2018
The Harvard Global Institute awarded grants to seven projects this year that feature interdisciplinary, cross-collaborative research, and seven Faculty Associates are among the recipients: Rema Hanna will study improving access to state goods and services in India; Arthur Kleinman will develop a program to improve elderly care in China; Chi-Man "Winnie" Yip et al. will work to help eliminate malaria in China; and Meg Rithmire, Timothy Colton, Tarek Masoud, and Odd Arne Westad will study global neighborhoods in the context of a multipolar international power system. Congratulations to all the recipients! 

Former Academy Scholars Win APSA Awards

October 15, 2018
Two 2017–2018 Academy Scholars have won awards from the American Political Science Association. David Szakonyi's dissertation Renting Elected Office: Why Businesspeople Become Politicians in Russia has received the American Political Science Association’s 2018 Gabriel A. Almond Award for Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics. Mariano Sánchez-Talanquer's dissertation States Divided: History, Conflict, and State Formation in Mexico and Colombia has received the American Political Science Association’s 2018 William Anderson Award for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics. Congratulations to both!

Lawrence Bobo Named Dean of Social Science

October 9, 2018
Congratulations to Faculty Associate Lawrence Bobo, W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences and professor of African and African American studies, on being appointed dean of social science at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Bobo, who studies race, ethnicity, politics, and social inequality, helped previous dean of social science Claudine Gay found the FAS Inequality in America Initiative last year. For more details on Bobo's many contributions, see article in the Harvard Gazette.  

George Paul Meiu Receives 2018 Ruth Benedict Prize

September 19, 2018
Congratulations to Weatherhead Center Faculty Associate George Paul Meiu, the John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, for winning the 2018 Ruth Benedict Prize in the category of Outstanding Single­-Authored Monograph for his book Ethno-erotic Economies: Sexuality, Money, and Belonging in Kenya (University of Chicago Press, 2017). The prize, awarded annually by the Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA), a section of the American Anthropological Association, is for "outstanding scholarship on a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender topic." 

2018–2019 Welcome Message from Director Michèle Lamont

August 24, 2018

Image of Michele LamontWelcome 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 focus on the most important questions facing societies across the globe. This is why with this new academic year, we are launching three new Weatherhead Research Clusters focused on international security, the reconfiguration of regions in a multipolar world, and religion in public life in Africa and the African diaspora. These complement our existing clusters on global populism/challenges to democracy, global transformations, and comparative inequality and inclusion. We will continue to support three ongoing Weatherhead Initiatives, which concern gender inequality, climate engineering, and Afro-Latin American studies.... Read more about 2018–2019 Welcome Message from Director Michèle Lamont

Recent WCFIA Undergrads Win Senior Thesis Prize

July 3, 2018
Recent WCFIA Undergraduate Associate Puanani Brown won Harvard's 2018 Senior Thesis Prize in Ethnicity, Migration, Rights for her thesis on Food Sovereignty and Traditional Hawaiian Agriculture in the Context of Global Food SystemsKamran Jamil, also a recent Undergraduate Associate, won the honorable mention for his thesis on Development, Disease, and Democracy: Understanding the Roots of Poor Social Development in Sindh, Pakistan and Outlining the Possibilities for Reform. 

Mireille Paquet Wins CPSA Francophone Award

June 7, 2018
Mireille Paquet, 2017–2018 William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow with the Canada Program, won the 2018 CPSA Francophone Award for her book, La fédéralisation de l'immigration au Canada (Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2016). In her book, Paquet analyzes immigration policy across ten Canadian provinces, and according to the CPSA jury report, "[i]t is a very important contribution to Canadian policy and comparative politics but also to public policy."

Michael Ignatieff Wins Zócalo Book Prize

April 18, 2018
Advisory Committee Member Michael Ignatieff, president and rector of Central European University in Budapest, won the eighth annual Zócalo Book Prize for his 2017 book, The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World. The prize is awarded to a nonfiction book that "most enhances our understanding of community, human connectedness, and social cohesion." Ignatieff will deliver a lecture and accept the prize, which includes $5,000, on May 22 in Los Angeles, California. 

Three Faculty Associates Elected 2018 into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 18, 2018
Warm congratulations to our three Faculty Associates elected as 2018 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Jeffry Frieden, Stanfield Professor of International Peace, Harvard University; Pippa Norris, Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Harvard Kennedy School; and Gita Gopinath, John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics, Harvard University. These faculty members join a class of 177 Fellows across a wide range of disciplines awarded for their exceptional ability in sharing knowledge and addressing challenges facing the world.