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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.

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

Pippa Norris Receives APSA Lifetime Achievement Award

July 28, 2021
Faculty Associate Pippa Norris, Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Harvard Kennedy School and Laureate Research Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at University of Sydney, has received the 2021 Murray Edelman Lifetime Distinguished Career Award from the Political Communication Research Section of the American Political Science Association/International Communication Association. The award, given every two years, is named after pioneering political scientist Murray Edelman, a longtime professor at the University of Wisconsin. 

Stefan Link Wins Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize

July 16, 2021

Former WIGH Fellow Stefan Link, associate professor of history at Dartmouth College, has won the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize, along with an honorable mention for the Michael H. Hunt Prize, for his recent book, Forging Global Fordism: Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and the Contest over the Industrial Order (Princeton University Press, 2020). Link’s book offers a compelling global history from the 1930s to the postwar era by tracing the influence of Henry Ford’s ideas and visions. Both book prizes are awarded by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), an...

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Ya-Wen Lei Wins ASA Best Paper Award

July 13, 2021
Faculty Associate Ya-Wen Lei, associate professor of sociology at Harvard University, is the winner of the 2021 Paper Award for her work in American Sociological Review, “Delivering Solidarity: Platform Architecture and Collective Contention in China’s Platform Economy.” This award, offered by the American Sociological Association, recognizes an outstanding published paper or book chapter on a topic relevant to the section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology (CITAMS). 

Three Faculty Associates Receive Walter Channing Cabot Fellowship

June 21, 2021
Every year, Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences awards the Walter Channing Cabot Fellowship to select faculty members in recognition of their achievements and scholarly eminence in the fields of literature, history, and art. The 2021 winners include three Faculty Associates: Rosie Bsheer, assistant professor of history; Durba Mitra, assistant professor in the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute; and Michael Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government.

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. 
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