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New WCFIA Values Statement

August 26, 2022
The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is a diverse community of over 400 students, staff, visiting scholars, and faculty who are dedicated to social science research. This diversity makes us strong, and we are committed to a set of community values that help shape our decisions both large and small. We invite you to read our values statement, a working document thoughtfully crafted by the new Standing Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EDIB). 

Welcome Message from Acting Director Erez Manela

August 23, 2022

Erez ManelaWelcome 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 support research on the most important questions facing societies across the globe. 

We are a large Center: our community spans twelve of Harvard’s fourteen schools and our affiliates include more than 200 Harvard faculty and over 150 graduate and undergraduate students, visiting scholars, fellows, and postdoctoral researchers. We offer our affiliates numerous opportunities to exchange ideas about their research as we maintain our tradition of theoretical and methodological pluralism.... Read more about Welcome Message from Acting Director Erez Manela

Emma Rothschild Wins PROSE Award in European History

May 23, 2022
Faculty Associate Emma Rothschild, Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History at Harvard University, is the recipient of the 2022 PROSE Award in European History for her book, An Infinite History: The Story of a Family in France over Three Centuries (Princeton University Press, 2021). Every year the Association of American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Awards) recognize the best in professional and scholarly publishing by celebrating the authors, editors, and publishers whose works have made significant advancements in their respective fields of study.

Christy Thornton Wins Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award

May 16, 2022
Former Postdoctoral Fellow Christy Thornton, now as assistant professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University, is the recipient of the 2022 Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award for her book, Revolution in Development: Mexico and the Governance of the Global Economy (University of California Press, 2021). The award, in honor of the thinker, political scientist, and analyst Luciano Tomassini, is presented by the Latin American Studies Association to an author of an outstanding book on Latin American foreign policies and international relations. 

New Members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

May 3, 2022
Several Faculty Associates are members of the 2022 class of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences: Erica Chenoweth, Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Kennedy School and Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University; Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University; Eve Blau, Adjunct Professor of the History and Theory of Urban Form and Design and Director of Research at Harvard Graduate School of Design; and Suzanne Preston Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University.

Philippe Aghion Is Hayek Book Prize Finalist

May 2, 2022
Former Faculty Associate Philippe Aghion, professor at the College de France and at the London School of Economics, is a finalist for the 2022 Hayek Book Prize for his book, The Power of Creative Destruction: Economic Upheaval and the Wealth of Nations (Harvard University Press, 2021). The award, given by the Manhattan Institute, honors the book that best reflects Friedrich Hayek’s vision of economic and individual liberty, and encourages other scholars to follow his example. The winner of the Hayek Prize is chosen from among the nominations by a selection committee of distinguished economists, journalists, and scholars. 

Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey Awarded William Dawson Chair at McGill University

April 22, 2022
Former William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey, now assistant professor of history and classical studies at McGill University, was awarded the William Dawson Chair at McGill. This endowed research chair—tenable for five years and renewable once—recognizes an outstanding scholar, a tenure-track assistant or associate professor, who is poised to become a leader in his or her field. Adjetey’s forthcoming book, Cross-Border Cosmopolitans: The Making of a Pan-African North America (UNC Press) delves into the global Black freedom struggle.

Michèle Lamont Awarded Honorary Doctorate

April 21, 2022
Faculty Associate and Former Director Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and professor of sociology and of African and African American studies at Harvard University, received an honorary degree from the University of Antwerp. Every few years, the University of Antwerp faculty recommends an internationally renowned scientist for an honorary doctorate. Lamont was recognized for her expertise in sociological issues on culture and social inequality.

Sheila Jasanoff Wins Holberg Prize

March 28, 2022
Faculty Associate Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard Kennedy School, is the recipient of the 2022 Holberg Prize for her pioneering work in the field of science and technology studies. The goal of the Holberg Prize, established by the Norwegian Parliament in 2003, is to increase awareness of the value of academic scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, law, and theology—all attributes of Jasanoff’s work that forges a unique body of research that connects many disciplines.

Durba Mitra Wins Bernard S. Cohn Prize

March 1, 2022
Faculty Associate Durba Mitra, assistant professor of women, gender, and sexuality and Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, is the recipient of the Bernard S. Cohn Prize for her book, Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought (Princeton University Press, 2020). The award is presented by the Association for Asian Studies and honors outstanding scholarship for a first single-authored monograph on South Asia. 

S.V. Subramanian Leading New India Policy Insights Initiative

February 28, 2022
Faculty Associate S.V. Subramanian, professor of population health and geography at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is leading a new partnership between India Policy Insights (IPI), his flagship project at the Geographic Insights Lab, and the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI), the official policy design and innovation think tank for the Government for India. India Policy Insights is a collaborative initiative created to support precision public health policy in India by providing a comprehensive online geo-visual data platform of policy-relevant population health... Read more about S.V. Subramanian Leading New India Policy Insights Initiative

Dani Rodrik Receives $7.5M Grant to Establish Economics Research Initiative

February 23, 2022
Faculty Associate Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School, is the corecipient—along with Gordon H. Hanson, also of Harvard Kennedy School—of a $7.5 million grant to establish the Reimagining the Economy Project. The grant, awarded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, is part of a $40 million effort to fund academic programs on neoliberalism. The new project spearheaded by Rodrik and Hanson will focus on empirical studies of policymaking and local economies. 

Jason Beckfield Selected Robert G. Stone Jr. Professor of Sociology

February 17, 2022
Faculty Associate Jason Beckfield, professor of sociology, has been selected to be the inaugural Robert G. Stone Jr. Professor of Sociology, a position that recognizes an outstanding scholar in international studies. A longstanding member of the Harvard Corporation, Stone (‘45–’47) was a shipping executive who was legendary for his indefatigable fundraising skills. He passed away in 2006, and will be widely remembered for his commitment to undergraduate financial aid, student athletics, and international studies, according to a... Read more about Jason Beckfield Selected Robert G. Stone Jr. Professor of Sociology

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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Laura Diaz Anadon Awarded Fellowship from University of Cambridge

January 26, 2022
Former Faculty Associate Laura Diaz Anadon, Professor of Climate Change Policy at the University of Cambridge, is the recipient of a JM Keynes Senior Fellowship in Financial Economics. The JM Keynes Fellowship Fund, established by the University of Cambridge, supports fellows from a wide range of expertise, whose research falls within the areas of finance, financial institutions, and financial markets—and how those areas interact with microeconomic behavior and macroeconomic performance.

Tarek Masoud Named Coeditor of Journal of Democracy

January 14, 2022
Faculty Associate Tarek Masoud, the Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman Professor of International Relations and professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, was appointed coeditor of the Journal of Democracy by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The Journal of Democracy is a leading publication on the theory and practice of democracy around the world, and since its establishment in 1990, has shaped the thinking on major challenges that confront democracies. Masoud has an extensive background in leadership and academic scholarship, and backs the NED’s mission of... Read more about Tarek Masoud Named Coeditor of Journal of Democracy

Amy Catalinac Wins Leon Weaver Award at APSA

December 20, 2021
Former GSA and Postdoctoral Fellow Amy Catalinac, now assistant professor of politics at New York University, is the corecipient of the 2021 Leon Weaver Award for her paper “Geographically-Targeted Spending in Mixed-Member Majoritarian Electoral Systems.” The award is given to the best paper presented at the previous American Political Science Association (APSA) on a conference panel sponsored by the Representation and Electoral Systems Section. The paper was subsequently published in World Politics, a quarterly journal of international relations. 

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. 
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