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2021–2022 Welcome Message from Director Melani Cammett

August 16, 2021

Image of Melani CammettWelcome 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 year, we are faced with the enormous challenge of supporting research as we start to emerge from a global pandemic. How do we do this? We are a large Center: our affiliates include more than 230 Harvard Faculty Associates and over 150 graduate and undergraduate students, visiting scholars, fellows, and postdoctoral researchers. On a regular basis, we plan to interact in person, whenever and however possible, and virtually, as needed, to continue to exchange ideas around our research, and to maintain our tradition of theoretical and methodological pluralism.... Read more about 2021–2022 Welcome Message from Director Melani Cammett

Sheila S. Jasanoff Elected into American Academy of Arts & Sciences

May 14, 2021
Faculty Associate Sheila S. Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard Kennedy School, is one of the newest members elected into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Every year since 1780, the Academy recognizes exceptionally accomplished individuals across a wide range of professions and disciplines. Jasanoff joins a cohort of more than 250 other artists, scholars, scientists, and leaders in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

Paul Kosmin Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

May 3, 2021
Faculty Associate Paul Kosmin, assistant professor of the classics at Harvard University, was awarded a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship to write a new book provisionally titled The Ancient Shore. The Guggenheim Fellowship Program, established in 1925, awards approximately 175 individuals every year to those with exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. 

Joshua D. Kertzer Wins Karl Deutsch Award

April 28, 2021
Faculty Associate Joshua D. Kertzer, Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University, is the recipient of the 2021 Karl Deutsch Award for his significant contribution to the study of international relations and peace research. Named for Karl Deutsch, the award was established in 1981 to recognize scholars in international relations under age forty, or within ten years of defending their dissertation. 

Vincent Brown Wins Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

April 26, 2021
Faculty Associate Vincent Brown, Charles Warren Professor of American History and professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University, received the 2021 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for his groundbreaking work, Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War (Harvard University Press, 2020). The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, administered every year by the Cleveland Foundation, are the only national juried prize for literature that confronts racism and explores diversity. 

Tom Osborn Wins TED Fellowship

April 12, 2021
Tom Osborn, former Undergraduate Associate and Harvard ‘20, joins the 2021 class of TED Fellows. The TED Fellows program celebrates its twelfth year with a network of 512 Fellows from 100 countries. TED Fellows are selected for their remarkable achievements, the potential impact of their work, and their commitment to community building. Osborn is the founder of Shamiri, a youth-led organization providing mental health care solutions to teens across Kenya, where clinical depression runs rampant among young people. 

Kathryn Sikkink Elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

March 24, 2021
Every year, the American Academy of Political Science (AAPSS) inducts a cohort of fellows in recognition of their contributions to the advancement of science and deepening of public understanding of human behavior and social dynamics. Faculty Associate Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, is one of five fellows recognized this year for her work on international norms and institutions, transnational advocacy networks, the impact of human rights law and policies, and... Read more about Kathryn Sikkink Elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Daniel Agbiboa Wins IAS Fellowship

March 19, 2021
Faculty Associate Daniel Agbiboa, assistant professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University, was selected to be a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), School of Social Science, at Princeton for the academic year 2021–2022. Each year, approximately twenty-five scholars are selected as members in the School of Social Science, and the theme for next year is “Political Mobilizations and Social Movements.” Agbiboa will spend the year working on a forthcoming book on the #EndSARS movement against police brutality in Nigeria. 

Elizabeth Spelke Receives APS Mentor Award

January 6, 2021
Faculty Associate Elizabeth Spelke, Marshall L. Berkman Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, is one of four recipients of the 2021 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Mentor Award, which recognizes psychology researchers and educators who have shaped the future directions of science by fostering the careers of students and colleagues. Spelke has helped dozens of mentees launch careers rooted in unique, rich research questions and is known for her expertise on the cognitive capabilities of young children.

New Commission to Bring Universal Health Care to India

December 21, 2020
India’s health care system is riddled with inequities, which the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated. The new Lancet Citizens’ Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System is an ambitious endeavor to chart a path toward universal health coverage for the people of India. The new commission is cochaired by two Faculty Associates: Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School, and Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and... Read more about New Commission to Bring Universal Health Care to India