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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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Michael Kremer Wins Nobel Prize in Economics

October 15, 2019

Congratulations to Faculty Associate Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies, Department of Economics at Harvard University, for winning the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2019. He shares the prize with Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the three won “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.” 

The three Laureates use an experiment-based approach to fight global poverty, by breaking down larger problems into smaller and more precise questions. This approach allows them to design more specific experiments among the people most affected. From improving school results in western Kenya to introducing preventive health care subsidies in many countries, the research done by Kremer and his colleagues has measurably helped reduce poverty around the world.