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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

Amartya Sen Wins Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

November 26, 2020
The German Publishers and Booksellers Association awarded Weatherhead Center Faculty Associate Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor at Harvard University, the 2020 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. The board of trustees recognizes Sen for his pioneering work on global justice, including social inequality in education and healthcare. 

Tanushree Goyal Wins APSA Kauffman Foundation Award

October 19, 2020
Academy Scholar Tanushree Goyal, PhD candidate at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, is the winner of the 2020 Kauffman Award. The award is given by the American Political Science Association Section on Class and Inequality to the best paper on inclusion and entrepreneurship. Goyal won the award for her paper, “How Women Mobilize Women into Politics: A Natural Experiment in India.” 

Two Former Academy Scholars Win APSA Book Award

September 23, 2020
The American Political Science Association’s Section on Migration and Citizenship awarded two former Academy Scholars their 2020 Best Book prize: Jeffrey S. Kahn, assistant professor of anthropology at UC Davis, for Islands of Sovereignty: Haitian Migration and the Borders of Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2019), and Noora Lori, assistant professor of international relations at Boston University, for Offshore Citizens: Permanent Temporary Status in the Gulf (Cambridge University Press, 2019). 

Graduate Student Cresa Pugh Receives Derek C. Bok Award

August 18, 2020
Cresa Pugh, Graduate Student Associate and PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University and Program in Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, is one of five recipients of the 2020 Derek C. Bok Awards for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates. These awards, established in 2008, recognize the crucial role of graduate students in undergraduate education at Harvard College.  

SAW Book Prize Goes to Ieva Jusionyte

August 5, 2020
Faculty Associate Ieva Jusionyte, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, is the recipient of the 2020 Society for the Anthropology of Work (SAW) Book Prize for her ethnography of emergency workers, Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border (University of California Press, 2018). SAW recognizes Jusionyte’s accomplishments as “some of the most rigorous, humane, and original fieldwork in the anthropology of work.” 

WCFIA Letter in Support of Our Students in Response to the ICE Press Release

July 9, 2020
Dear Members of the Weatherhead Community,
 
Earlier this week, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) issued unexpected and disheartening guidance that international students would be required to return home if their colleges and universities offered online-only courses this fall.
 
These guidelines risk public health by pressuring universities to hold additional in-person classes, even in the case of a potential surge in COVID-19 cases, if they want their international students to remain in the US. The guidelines also seek to limit the global reach and... Read more about WCFIA Letter in Support of Our Students in Response to the ICE Press Release

Alisha Holland Wins Seligson Prize

July 8, 2020
Faculty Associate Alisha Holland, associate professor of government at Harvard University, is the recipient of the 2020 Seligson Prize for her paper, “Diminished Expectations: Redistributive Preferences in Truncated Welfare States,” published by World Politics in October 2018. According to the Princeton Institute of International and Regional Studies, the Seligson Prize is awarded annually to the best scholarship—paper, book, dissertation, or other scholarly work—using AmericasBarometer data from the Latin American Public Opinion Project.

The WCFIA Condemns Police Violence

June 3, 2020

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs stands with Harvard University’s research centers devoted to studying human rights. We join in their commitment to condemn police violence in the United States and around the world. The joint statement—now cosigned by many Harvard centers—is as follows:

We strongly condemn the Minneapolis Police Department’s vicious and brutal murder of George Floyd. This and other recent events highlight the lethal impact of the racist criminalization of Americans of African descent and the need to explicitly name and unequivocally fight against the racism and violence that has been woven into the fabric of the United States since its founding. 

It is understandable that this longstanding, flagrant disregard for the human rights of African Americans has led to outrage across the country. We call on law enforcement officers responding to demonstrations to exercise utmost restraint and work closely with community leaders to avoid escalating the situation further. 

The murders of African Americans at the hands of police and vigilantes must stop and perpetrators must be charged and brought to justice. As research centers at Harvard University committed to human rights, we affirm the values of racial equity, justice, and non-violence. For the future of the United States, our public leaders must urgently do the same.

We stand in solidarity with our colleagues and our community. Please reach out to us if you need any resources or support—we are here to listen and to take action when needed. 

Melani Cammett, Acting Director
Michèle Lamont, Director
Theodore Gilman, Executive Director
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

April 1, 2020

Dear members of the WCFIA community,

The Weatherhead Center is following Harvard University’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As a Center focused on international relations, we are acutely aware of the importance of this issue. We ask all community members and units to do the following:

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