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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... Read more about Three Faculty Associates Elected 2018 into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Peter Hall Wins 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship

April 6, 2018
Congratulations to Faculty Associate Peter A. Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies at Harvard University, on winning a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship in political science. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded the fellowship to 173 scholars, artists, and scientists, chosen from almost 3,000 applicants. Awards are given on the basis of "prior achievement and exceptional promise." This is the Foundation's ninety-fourth competition.  

GSA Justin Stern Selected As Harvard Horizon Scholar

April 2, 2018
Congratulations to Graduate Student Associate Justin Stern, who was selected as one of the 2018 Harvard Horizons Scholars! Every year, eight creative and innovative PhD candidates are chosen to receive "in-depth, personalized mentoring and coaching designed to enhance their presentation skills." On Wednesday, April 11, each scholar will present their research in Sanders Theatre in a free and open-to-the-public forum. Stern's talk is titled, "Global Outsourcing, Local Transformations: Business Process Outsourcing and Urban Restructuring in the Philippines." For more information on the... Read more about GSA Justin Stern Selected As Harvard Horizon Scholar

Serhii Plokhii Wins Prestigious Shevchenko National Prize

March 22, 2018
Faculty Associate Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. He is one of five winners of the 2018 Shevchenko National Prize for his 2015 book, The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine. The prize is named after poet and artist Taras Shevchenko and is Ukraine’s highest state award—and thus one of the most prestigious distinctions a work of writing or art can receive in Ukraine. 

Emmanuel Akyeampong Receives Honorary Doctorate

March 20, 2018

Congratulations to Weatherhead Center Faculty Associate Emmanuel Akyeampong! The Harvard Center for African Studies Oppenheimer Faculty Director and professor of history and of African and African American studies was conferred an honorary doctorate degree at the University of Ghana during their seventieth-anniversary celebrations. The award came at the end of the university's 2018 Aggrey-Fraser-Guggisberg Memorial Lectures, where the theme was “Nkrumah and the Making of the Ghanaian Nation-State.” 

Update on Professor Jorge Domínguez to WCFIA Community

March 6, 2018

Dear colleagues,

For the last week, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs community has faced several formidable challenges following the Chronicle of Higher Education’s distressing accounts of sexual harassment by Professor Jorge I. Domínguez, former Center Director and Vice Provost for International Affairs, and until recently Chair of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, one of the programs affiliated with the Center. I am writing to update you on recent developments and measures we are taking internally to address the situation.

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