Awards

Dara Kay Cohen Wins ISSS Emerging Scholar Award

December 13, 2018
Faculty Associate Dara Kay Cohen, Ford Foundation Associate Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, is the recipient of the 2019 Emerging Scholar Award from the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association. The award is given annually to “recognize scholars who have made (through their body of publications) the most significant contribution to the field of security studies.” Cohen’s first book, Rape during Civil War (Cornell University Press, 2016), received many awards and accolades, and she has published research in many journals.

Order of the Rising Sun Awarded to Professor Mark Ramseyer

December 11, 2018
Congratulations to Faculty Associate J. Mark Ramseyer, Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies at the Harvard Law School, who has been conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, by the Japanese government. This award, which is one of Japan’s highest distinctions, comes with the recognition and honor of Ramseyer’s contributions to not only the study of Japan but also the scholarly exchange between Japan and the United States. Ramseyer has authored and coauthored many publications on Japanese law, including the most recent, Second-Best Justice: The Virtues of Japanese Private Law (2015). 

Two Undergraduate Associates Chosen for Phi Beta Kappa 2019

December 7, 2018
Two Undergraduate Associates, Arthur Lopes and Sierra Nota, are elected to Harvard College’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honor society. Studying in the Department of the Classics, Lopes’s thesis is titled “A Tropical Homer: Reinterpreting Gilberto Freyre’s Casa-Grande & Senzala, 1902–1940.” Studying in the Department of History and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Nota’s thesis is titled “Make Way for the Railway: City Development and the Trans-Siberian Railroad.” Lopes and Nota join forty-six other Harvard seniors in the “Senior 48” who have chosen the most challenging courses and achieved academic success, along with the pursuit of independent research in an honors concentration. 

Books by Robert D. Putnam and David Armitage Nominated Most Influential of Past Twenty Years

November 21, 2018
The Chronicle of Higher Education solicited scholars from across the academy to nominate their most influential academic book published over the past twenty years. Two Faculty Associates received nominations: Robert D. Putnam, former WCFIA director and Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Emeritus, at Harvard University, was nominated for his book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University, was nominated for the book he cowrote with Jo Guldi, The History Manifesto. Read more about the influential books nominated at the Chronicle of Higher Education.  

Gita Gopinath Appointed Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund

November 6, 2018
Congratulations to Faculty Associate Gita Gopinath, John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics at Harvard University, who was appointed chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Gopinath is the first woman to hold the position, and will take a two-year leave from Harvard in January 2019 to serve her appointment. At the IMF, “Gopinath will lead a team of more than 1,000 researchers while also serving as the most influential policy adviser to the managing director.” 

Rohini Pande Wins 2018 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award

October 29, 2018
Faculty Associate Rohini Pande, Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School, is the recipient of the 2018 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award. The American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession has given out the award every year since 1998 to honor an "individual who has furthered the status of women in the economics profession through example, achievements, increasing our understanding of how women can advance in the economics profession or mentoring others." See the full announcement by the AEA for more details. 

Seven Faculty Associates Win Harvard Global Institute Grants

October 24, 2018
The Harvard Global Institute awarded grants to seven projects this year that feature interdisciplinary, cross-collaborative research, and seven Faculty Associates are among the recipients: Rema Hanna will study improving access to state goods and services in India; Arthur Kleinman will develop a program to improve elderly care in China; Chi-Man "Winnie" Yip et al. will work to help eliminate malaria in China; and Meg Rithmire, Timothy Colton, Tarek Masoud, and Odd Arne Westad will study global neighborhoods in the context of a multipolar international power system. Congratulations to all the recipients! 

Former Academy Scholars Win APSA Awards

October 15, 2018
Two 2017–2018 Academy Scholars have won awards from the American Political Science Association. David Szakonyi's dissertation Renting Elected Office: Why Businesspeople Become Politicians in Russia has received the American Political Science Association’s 2018 Gabriel A. Almond Award for Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics. Mariano Sánchez-Talanquer's dissertation States Divided: History, Conflict, and State Formation in Mexico and Colombia has received the American Political Science Association’s 2018 William Anderson Award for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics. Congratulations to both!

Lawrence Bobo Named Dean of Social Science

October 9, 2018
Congratulations to Faculty Associate Lawrence Bobo, W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences and professor of African and African American studies, on being appointed dean of social science at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Bobo, who studies race, ethnicity, politics, and social inequality, helped previous dean of social science Claudine Gay found the FAS Inequality in America Initiative last year. For more details on Bobo's many contributions, see article in the Harvard Gazette.  

Recent WCFIA Undergrads Win Senior Thesis Prize

July 3, 2018
Recent WCFIA Undergraduate Associate Puanani Brown won Harvard's 2018 Senior Thesis Prize in Ethnicity, Migration, Rights for her thesis on Food Sovereignty and Traditional Hawaiian Agriculture in the Context of Global Food SystemsKamran Jamil, also a recent Undergraduate Associate, won the honorable mention for his thesis on Development, Disease, and Democracy: Understanding the Roots of Poor Social Development in Sindh, Pakistan and Outlining the Possibilities for Reform.