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Update on Professor Jorge Domínguez to WCFIA Community

March 6, 2018

Dear colleagues,

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.

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WCFIA Response to Chronicle Article

March 2, 2018

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 ...

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Faculty Associate Eve Blau Named 2018 SAH Fellow

February 22, 2018
Faculty Associate Eve Blau, adjunct professor of the history of urban form at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, was one of four people named a 2018 Society of Architectural Historian Fellow. SAH Fellows are "individuals who have distinguished themselves by a lifetime of significant contributions to the field of architectural history, which may include scholarship, service to SAH or stewardship of the built environment." Blau's research interests include modern architecture and urbanism; post-industrial and post-socialist urban transitions; Central and Eastern Europe; and urban... Read more about Faculty Associate Eve Blau Named 2018 SAH Fellow

Honorary Doctorate Awarded to Panagiotis Roilos

January 23, 2018
Congratulations to Faculty Associate Panagiotis Roilos, George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies, was presented with an honorary doctorate from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. Panteion is one of the most prestigious universities devoted to social and political sciences in Europe, and has awarded around sixty honorary degrees in its almost one-century history. Roilos, presented with the award on January 22, 2018, is one of the youngest honorees so far. 

Sociologist Sheila Jasanoff Wins 2017 Reimer Lüst Award

January 8, 2018
Kudos to Weatherhead Center Faculty Associate Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School, on receiving a 2017 Reimar Lüst Award. Jasanoff, who has pioneered international science and technology studies, is one of two humanities scholars to win the award. The award, granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, is given to humanities scholars who have "shaped academic and cultural relations between Germany and their own countries." 

Sunil Amrith and Betsy Levy Paluck Named 2017 MacArthur Foundation Fellows

October 11, 2017

Faculty Associate and Harvard Academy Senior Scholar Sunil Amrith, Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies and professor of history, was named a 2017 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. Also in the class of 24 talented and creative individuals is former Harvard Academy Scholar Betsy Levy Paluck, professor of psychology and public affairs at Yale University. The MacArthur Foundation awards $625,000 in an unrestricted fellowship to each recipient. Congratulations to Professors Amrith and Paluck! Please visit the MacArthur Fellows Program for more information on the class of 2017.

2017–2018 Welcome Message from Director Michèle Lamont

August 27, 2017

Image of Michele LamontWelcome 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.

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Faculty Associate Candelaria Garay Wins Dahl Award

August 14, 2017
Congratulations to Weatherhead Center Faculty Associate Candelaria Garay, assistant professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, on winning the 2017 Robert A. Dahl Award. The award is given annually to non-ladder and junior tenure-track faculty whose scholarship includes books, papers, reports, and articles on the subject of democracy. Garay's research interests include Latin American politics, social policy, political parties, and social movements. Her recent book, Social Policy Expansion in Latin America (2016), is available through Cambridge University Press. 

Three Faculty Associates Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 14, 2017

Congratulations to three WCFIA Faculty Associates on their election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Torben Iversen, Marc Melitz, and Jonathan Zittrain are part of the 237th class of members. Academy members include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders. Read the press release to see the full list of the...

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Faculty Associate Byron J. Good Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

April 6, 2017

Byron J. Good, professor of anthropology at Harvard University and professor of medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School, won the 2017 Society for Psychological Anthropology Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given by the American Anthropological Association every year. The award "honors career-long contributions to psychological anthropology that have substantially influenced the field and its development." 

WCFIA Faculty Associate and Former Director Joseph Nye, Jr., Wins Book Award

April 4, 2017

Faculty Associate Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, was awarded the Global Policy Book Award recently for his 2015 book, Is the American Century Over? The award, given by the Institute for Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University, recognizes books that make a profound impact on the discussion of global politics. 

Faculty Associate Emeritus Herbert C. Kelman Awarded National Order of Merit

March 20, 2017

Herbert C. Kelman, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, at Harvard University, was recently presented with the Grand Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria. According to the Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation, the prize "recognizes Kelman's pioneering role in contemporary peace research and his extraordinary intellectual achievements." 

Faculty Associate Maya Jasanoff Wins Windham-Campbell Prize

March 2, 2017

Congratulations to WCFIA Faculty Associate Maya Jasanoff, Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University, on winning the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize. The prize, given by Yale University, was awarded to eight recipients honored for their literary achievement or promise. Jasanoff is the author of two award-winning works of nonfiction, and has a forthcoming book called The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, to be published in November 2017.

Weatherhead Center Director Michèle Lamont Awarded Erasmus Prize 2017

February 20, 2017


The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is delighted to announce that its Director, Michèle Lamont, has been awarded the 2017 Erasmus Prize. One of Europe’s most illustrious recognitions, the prize honors individual or group contributions to European culture, society or social science. The prize is named after Desiderius Erasmus, the Dutch Renaissance humanist, and the awards ceremony will be held in November at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. It comes with an award of 150,000 Euros.

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WCFIA Responds to the Executive Order to Ban Refugees and Immigrants from Seven Majority Muslim Countries

January 31, 2017

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,...

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In Memoriam: Thomas C. Schelling, 1921–2016

December 21, 2016

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs solemnly acknowledges the loss of one of its founders, Thomas C. Schelling

Image of Thomas SchellingA Nobel Prize-winning economist and arms control theorist during the Cold War, Schelling passed away on December 13, at the age of 95.

“Tom was not only a brilliant economist, he was a delightful colleague who was a crucial part of the founding faculty of the Center,” remembers Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Faculty Associate, who joined the CFIA in 1961 as a research assistant.... Read more about In Memoriam: Thomas C. Schelling, 1921–2016

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