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Inclement Weather Notice

March 4, 2019

The University, FAS, and the Weatherhead Center are open for normal operations today, Monday, March 4. Please check our website and those of individual schools and units for specific schedule alterations. Travel to campus will be difficult this morning and may delay arrival for many. Those who need to significantly alter their schedules due to unsafe travel conditions in their local areas or due to other personal circumstances (such as childcare needs) should be in contact with their supervisors. For full details on Harvard closings, visit Harvard's emergency notification page or call 617-496-NEWS for the latest information.

Update on Jorge Domínguez: One Year Out

February 26, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

One year ago, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an article about sexual harassment allegations against Harvard Professor Jorge Domínguez. Subsequently, Harvard began investigating these allegations and placed Domínguez on administrative leave. The investigation is still underway. The Weatherhead Center shares the frustration of students and colleagues about the lack of forthcoming information and the pace of the investigation. As our...

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Books by Robert D. Putnam and David Armitage Nominated Most Influential of Past Twenty Years

November 21, 2018
The Chronicle of Higher Education solicited scholars from across the academy to nominate their most influential academic book published over the past twenty years. Two Faculty Associates received nominations: Robert D. Putnam, former WCFIA director and Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Emeritus, at Harvard University, was nominated for his book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University, was nominated for the book he cowrote with Jo Guldi, The History... Read more about Books by Robert D. Putnam and David Armitage Nominated Most Influential of Past Twenty Years

Gita Gopinath Appointed Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund

November 6, 2018
Congratulations to Faculty Associate Gita Gopinath, John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics at Harvard University, who was appointed chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Gopinath is the first woman to hold the position, and will take a two-year leave from Harvard in January 2019 to serve her appointment. At the IMF, “Gopinath will lead a team of more than 1,000 researchers while also serving as the most influential policy adviser to the managing director.” 

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