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Inclement Weather Notice

March 4, 2019

The University, FAS, and the Weatherhead Center are open for normal operations today, Monday, March 4. Please check our website and those of individual schools and units for specific schedule alterations. Travel to campus will be difficult this morning and may delay arrival for many. Those who need to significantly alter their schedules due to unsafe travel conditions in their local areas or due to other personal circumstances (such as childcare needs) should be in contact with their supervisors. For full details on Harvard closings, visit Harvard's emergency notification page or call 617-496-NEWS for the latest information.

Kathryn Sikkink Wins 2019 HR Distinguished Scholar Award

February 26, 2019
Faculty Associate Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, is the recipient of the 2019 Human Rights Section’s Distinguished Scholar Award. The award is given on a biennial basis by the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association. It “recognizes an individual whose lifetime achievements in scholarship, teaching, and mentoring have made a significant impact on the field of human rights.”

Update on Jorge Domínguez: One Year Out

February 26, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

One year ago, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an article about sexual harassment allegations against Harvard Professor Jorge Domínguez. Subsequently, Harvard began investigating these allegations and placed Domínguez on administrative leave. The investigation is still underway. The Weatherhead Center shares the frustration of students and colleagues about the lack of forthcoming information and the pace of the investigation. As our initial statements say, WCFIA remains committed to promoting zero tolerance of sexual harassment or gendered disparity of treatment. We take these allegations seriously and continue to take action to ensure a safer environment while acknowledging the need to do more. 

As always, we welcome your voice to this conversation. Please contact me or Executive Director Ted Gilman if you have any concerns, questions, or suggestions.
 
With my best,
Michèle Lamont

Mary C. Waters Named Margaret Olivia Sage Scholar

January 31, 2019

Faculty Associate Mary C. Waters, PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences and John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology, has been named a 2019–2020 Margaret Olivia Sage Scholar by the Russell Sage Foundation. Established in 2015, the Margaret Olivia Sage Scholars program provides the opportunity for distinguished social scientists to spend brief periods in residence at the Russell Sage Foundation so they can pursue their own research and participate in other activities such as mentoring visiting scholars and advising foundation stakeholders on research initiatives. 

Mattea Mrkusic Awarded Global Rhodes Scholarship

December 20, 2018
Former Undergraduate Associate and Ken Juster Fellow Mattea Mrkusic ‘17 was named a Global Rhodes Scholar, a new award given to candidates from anywhere in the world. Mrkusic was one of five Harvard affiliates to win a Rhodes Scholarship this year. When she was a Harvard undergraduate, she contributed an article to the fall 2016 Centerpiece on climate change-induced migration in Kiribati. Since her time at Harvard, she has worked on a documentary about the criminal justice system, conducted climate change migration research, and worked as a freelance journalist, according to the Harvard Crimson. At Oxford, Mrkusic plans to pursue master’s degrees in public policy and refugee and forced migration studies. 

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.”