Centerpiece: Fall 2020

Student Programs

2020–2021 Kenneth I. Juster Fellows

Portrait of Kenneth I. JusterThe Weatherhead Center is pleased to announce its 2020–2021 class of Juster Fellows. Now in its tenth year, this grant initiative is made possible by the generosity of the Honorable Kenneth I. Juster, former chair of the Center’s Advisory...

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In Memoriam

Alberto Alesina, 1957–2020 

By Jeffry A. Frieden

Alberto Alesina headshot from 2007Alberto Alesina passed away last May, at the age of sixty-three. It will take me a long time to get over the shock and pain of his death, but I wanted to share some thoughts about this most...

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Dispatches: Undergraduate Researchers in the Field

Typically every spring, a select group of Harvard College students receive travel grants from the Weatherhead Center to support their thesis field research on topics related to international affairs. With the onset of the pandemic and accompanying travel restrictions, this past spring was different. Instead, we selected twenty exceptional undergraduates whose research we could still support in other ways, from helping revise research methods to planning projects that don’t require travel. The Weatherhead Center has encouraged these Undergraduate Associates to...

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New Books

Archive Wars: The Politics of History in Saudi Arabia

By Rosie Bsheer

Archive Wars book coverWith this book, Rosie Bsheer explores the increasing secularization of the postwar Saudi state and how it manifested in assembling a...

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Of Note

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Alisha Holland Wins Seligson Prize

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...

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Fall 2020, Volume 35 Number 1

Thumbnail image of the cover of the fall 2020 CenterpieceThe fall 2020 issue of Centerpiece highlights the Center's recent activities, which are still going strong—albeit remote—during the pandemic. In her Message from the Director column, Michèle Lamont details how our various programs and intellectual pursuits are thriving in our new reality. In our annual Dispatches feature, four of our Undergraduate Associates share stories of their summers—either abroad or local—and how COVID-19 affected their thesis research projects. In our other feature, In Conversation with Timothy Colton and Meg Elizabeth Rithmire, we talk to the chairs of the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Regions in a Multipolar World. They explain the origins of forming their research cluster and share what they're currently working on. Weatherhead Scholars Program Director Kathleen Molony says goodbye to the Center, where she has worked for twenty-one years. She will be retiring at the end of December 2020. And Faculty Associate Jeffry Frieden shares a warm tribute to colleague and friend Alberto Alesina, who passed away this May.... Read more about Fall 2020, Volume 35 Number 1