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A Message to the WCFIA Community about the Comaroff Letter

February 14, 2022

Dear members of the Weatherhead Center community:
 
The past week has been very difficult for our WCFIA community. A group of 38 Harvard faculty members (including 22 WCFIA affiliates) issued an open letter, which questioned the University’s misconduct investigations of and sanctions against John Comaroff, an anthropology professor and a WCFIA faculty associate. A few days later, three anthropology graduate students filed a lawsuit against Harvard, charging that the University willfully ignored years of Comaroff’s sexual harassment. A group of 73 Harvard faculty members (...

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Greg Afinogenov Wins Lincoln Book Prize

November 29, 2021
Former Graduate Student Associate Greg Afinogenov, assistant professor of history at Georgetown University, has received several awards for his new book, Spies and Scholars: Chinese Secrets and Imperial Russia’s Quest for World Power (Harvard University Press, 2020). He is the corecipient of the 2021 Lincoln Book Prize, awarded annually for an author's first published monograph or scholarly synthesis that is of exceptional merit and lasting significance for the understanding of Russia's past. He is also the corecipient of the Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize, and his book made it to the... Read more about Greg Afinogenov Wins Lincoln Book Prize

Alejandro de la Fuente Wins John Phillip Reid Book Award

November 24, 2021
Faculty Associate Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin-American History and Economics and professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, is the corecipient of the 2021 John Phillip Reid Book Award for his book with Ariela J. Gross, Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana (Cambridge University Press, 2020). The award is given to the best monograph by a mid-career or senior scholar, published in English in Anglo-American legal history. 

Max Jacobs Receives Fellowship with The Charlemagne Prize Academy

November 15, 2021
Center Fellow Max Jacobs, policy advisor for the Green Parliamentary Group Bundestag, received a fellowship award for the Charlemagne Prize Academy. The Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize appoints five fellows every year to work on their projects on the future of Europe. The endowed one-year program consists of individual research, the fulfillment of personal milestones, networking events, and a final presentation of the publication of prospective research results. 

R. Nicholas Burns Nominated Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China

October 1, 2021
Faculty Associate R. Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School, was nominated by President Biden to serve as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the People’s Republic of China. The United States has sent diplomatic representatives to China since the mid-1800s. The nomination of Burns, a seasoned diplomat as well as professor, marks a shift in a role usually filled by politicians.

APSA Best Article Award Goes to Stephen Chaudoin

September 20, 2021
Faculty Associate Stephen Chaudoin, assistant professor of government at Harvard University, is a corecipient of the American Political Science Association (APSA) International Collaboration Section's 2020 Best Article Award. Chaudoin received the award with coauthor Terry Chapman  for the paper, “Public Reactions to International Legal Institutions: The International Criminal Court in a Developing Democracy.” The International Collaboration Section works to promote and disseminate research and encourage the interchange of ideas about international collaboration. 

Fredrik Logevall Awarded Elizabeth Longford Prize

September 16, 2021
Faculty Associate Fredrik Logevall, Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and professor of History at Harvard University, is the winner of the 2021 Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography for his book, JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917–1956 (Viking, 2020). Logevall garnered praise by the award selection judges for his first volume on John F. Kennedy for presenting a “compelling portrait of a political phenomenon in the making.” The award is presented annually to a historical biography that combines scholarship and narrative... Read more about Fredrik Logevall Awarded Elizabeth Longford Prize

Hardeep Dhillon Wins Two Teaching Awards from Harvard

September 2, 2021
Former Graduate Student Associate Hardeep Dhillon, postdoctoral fellow in law and inequality at the American Bar Foundation and National Science Foundation, has received two teaching awards. She is a corecipient of the 2021 Faculty of the Year Award from the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations. She was also awarded the 2021 Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates. Dhillon’s research interests include histories of law, mobility, empire, racial capitalism, and settler colonialism.