Welcome 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
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.
The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is unambiguously committed to the policy and practice of zero tolerance of sexual harassment or gendered disparity of treatment; in positive terms, we are committed to an atmosphere of safe, healthy, and robust engagement with each other as teachers, students, and colleagues. We will continue working to sustain an environment in which we can all do our best work. If you have any concerns, or if you have suggestions on ways in which we can better foster such an environment, please do not hesitate to talk with ...
Welcome to the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Our community of scholars is committed to studying complex international, transnational, global, and comparative topics and to producing first-rate research. Our affiliates include 235 Harvard Faculty Associates, and over 150 graduate and undergraduate students, visiting scholars, fellows, and postdoctoral researchers. Our community draws members from nine of Harvard’s thirteen schools, making us a strong interdisciplinary presence on campus.
Weatherhead Center scholars seek to dive deep into understanding a broad range of challenges facing the world. This academic year, we are launching Weatherhead Research Clusters focused on global populism, the history of global transformations, and comparative inequality and inclusion. Over the next three years, faculty, students, and visiting scholars will collaborate on research and publications. We will continue to support three ongoing Weatherhead Initiatives, which concern gender inequality, climate engineering, and Afro-Latin American studies.
As director and executive director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, we want to express solidarity with all the members of our community and other human beings who will be affected by this ill-considered executive order. This decision inflames existing tensions and represents an inexcusable attack against Muslims. It also violates our sense of communal living as well as fundamental human rights principles and obligations to protect refugees.
The executive order will affect our students, faculty, and our partners in many parts of the world. It defies the values,...
Please note that we are in the process of updating the WCFIA website for the upcoming 2017–2018 academic year. Soon our site will include updated information on affiliates, publications, research activities, and more. Stay tuned!
We’ve launched our new blog, Epicenter, which provides commentary and analysis on issues that transcend borders. The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is committed to Harvard's tradition of fostering innovative, timely, and scholarly activities that help us all make sense of the world. Subscribe to the accompanying e-newsletter and follow us on Twitter for the latest research news from the Weatherhead Center.
The Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture held on November 12, 2015 was delivered by His Highness the Aga Khan at Memorial Church, Harvard University. The Lecture—entitled, "The Cosmopolitan Ethic in a Fragmented World," was sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program. The lecture was followed by a conversation between His Highness the Aga Khan and Professor Diana L. Eck.
The Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture has sold out! We will live stream the lecture from the WCFIA website. His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, powerful advocate of social change, and global humanitarian, will return to Harvard to present a lecture, “The Cosmopolitan Ethic in a Fragmented World” on November 12, 2015, from 4:00 to 5:30pm.
His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, powerful advocate of social change, and global humanitarian, will return to Harvard to present a lecture, “The Cosmopolitan Ethic in a Fragmented World” on November 12, 2015, from 4:00 to 5:30pm as part of the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture Series.
"Making Education Count: Finding Possibilities of Peace in the Unlikeliest of Places," by Joseph Guay highlights the work of assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (GSE), Sarah Dryden-Peterson. Read the issue >
“What Others Think of Us: Social Esteem and Participation in Contentious Politics,” by Joseph Guay highlights the work of Harvard Assistant Professor of Government and Social Studies Gwyneth McClendon. Read the issue >