Congratulations to Faculty Associate Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies, Department of Economics at Harvard University, for winning the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2019. He shares the prize with Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the three won “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.”
The three Laureates use an experiment-based approach to fight global poverty, by breaking down larger problems into smaller and more precise questions. This approach allows them to design more specific experiments among the people most affected. From improving school results in western Kenya to introducing preventive health care subsidies in many countries, the research done by Kremer and his colleagues has measurably helped reduce poverty around the world.
Faculty Associate Durba Mitra, Assistant Professor for the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, is one of the recipients of the 2019 Roslyn Abramson Award. Every year the award is given annually to assistant or associate professors for excellence in teaching undergraduates at Harvard—based on accessibility, dedication, and effective student communication. Mitra says she will use the stipend to "continue research on her upcoming book, which explores Third World feminist political thought during the second half of the twentieth century," according to the Harvard Gazette.
Faculty Associate Daniel Ziblatt, Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University, is part of the fall 2019 class of Berlin Prize Fellows. The fellowship, awarded by the American Academy in Berlin, is “awarded annually to scholars, writers, composers, and artists based in the United States who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields.” Fellows live in Berlin’s Wannsee district, pursuing projects of which they normally don’t have the time or resources to devote.
Center Director Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and professor of sociology and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, is the recipient of two fellowship in 2019. First is the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, or “Brainy Award,” which awards recipients a grant of up to $200,000 to devote to their research and writing. Second is the Russell Sage Foundation Fellowship, where Lamont will be in residence for the 2019–2020 academic year to pursue writing a new book.
Faculty Associate Peter A. Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies at Harvard University, is elected to the 239th class of new members at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the Academy’s mission is to honor members across “increasingly diverse fields and with the work focused on the arts, democracy, education, global affairs, and science.” Hall joins a class of over 200 new members, including former First Lady Michelle Obama, who will all be inducted at a ceremony in October 2019 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Faculty Associate Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, and professor of global health and population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is the recipient of the 2019 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award. Canada’s prestigious medical award is given annually to a “scientist whose advances have (or will potentially have) a significant impact on health outcomes in the developing world.” The award is given by the Gairdner Foundation, and provides each laureate with $100,000 CDN to spend as they choose.
Faculty Associate Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, is the recipient of the 2019 Human Rights Section’s Distinguished Scholar Award. The award is given on a biennial basis by the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association. It “recognizes an individual whose lifetime achievements in scholarship, teaching, and mentoring have made a significant impact on the field of human rights.”
Faculty Associate Dara Kay Cohen, Ford Foundation Associate Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, is the recipient of the 2019 Emerging Scholar Award from the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association. The award is given annually to “recognize scholars who have made (through their body of publications) the most significant contribution to the field of security studies.” Cohen’s first book, Rape during Civil War (Cornell University Press, 2016), received many awards and accolades, and she has published research in many journals.
Faculty Associate Matteo Maggiori, associate professor of economics at Harvard University, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Along with 168 other scholars, writers, and artists, Maggiori was selected from a group of almost 3,000 applicants. The fellowship, awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, furthers the “development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed.”
Faculty Associate Ya-Wen Lei, assistant professor of sociology at Harvard University, was selected to be a fellow for the sixth cohort of the Public Intellectuals Program by the National Committee on United States-China Relations. The program, launched in 2005, is “dedicated to nurturing the next generation of China specialists who, in the tradition of earlier China hands, have the interest and potential to venture outside of academia to engage with the public and policy communities.” The Public Intellectuals Program offers many opportunities over the course of two years—including requiring each fellow to organize a public outreach program.
Faculty Associate Mary-Jo Delvecchio Good, professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard University, has been honored with the 2019 William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award at the Harvard Medical School. The award was established in 1997 and was renamed the William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award in 2001. This distinction was made to honor and acknowledge the lifetime commitment Dr. Silen made to mentoring students, residents, and faculty.
Faculty Associate Mary C. Waters, PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences and John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology, has been named a 2019–2020 Margaret Olivia Sage Scholar by the Russell Sage Foundation. Established in 2015, the Margaret Olivia Sage Scholars program provides the opportunity for distinguished social scientists to spend brief periods in residence at the Russell Sage Foundation so they can pursue their own research and participate in other activities such as mentoring visiting scholars and advising foundation stakeholders on research initiatives.
Former Undergraduate Associate and Ken Juster Fellow Mattea Mrkusic ‘17 was named a Global Rhodes Scholar, a new award given to candidates from anywhere in the world. Mrkusic was one of five Harvard affiliates to win a Rhodes Scholarship this year. When she was a Harvard undergraduate, she contributed an article to the fall 2016 Centerpiece on climate change-induced migration in Kiribati. Since her time at Harvard, she has worked on a documentary about the criminal justice system, conducted climate change migration research, and worked as a freelance journalist, according to the Harvard Crimson. At Oxford, Mrkusic plans to pursue master’s degrees in public policy and refugee and forced migration studies.
Congratulations to Faculty Associate J. Mark Ramseyer, Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies at the Harvard Law School, who has been conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, by the Japanese government. This award, which is one of Japan’s highest distinctions, comes with the recognition and honor of Ramseyer’s contributions to not only the study of Japan but also the scholarly exchange between Japan and the United States. Ramseyer has authored and coauthored many publications on Japanese law, including the most recent, Second-Best Justice: The Virtues of Japanese Private Law (2015).