Centerpiece: Spring 2020

New Faculty Associates

The following Harvard faculty accepted invitations to be WCFIA Faculty Associates during the 2019–2020 academic year:

Eram Alam, Assistant Professor, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University. The history of science and medicine in the twentieth century, with an emphasis on transnational movements and migrations.
Rosie Bsheer, Assistant Professor of History, Department of History, Harvard University. Arab intellectual and social movements; petro-capitalism and state formation; and the...

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Student Programs

2019–2020 Graduate Student Associates

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The Graduate Student Associates (GSA) program is one of the Center's oldest and most valued programs. Directed by Erez Manela, professor of history and Weatherhead Center Faculty Associate, the program...

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New Books

The Hidden Face of Rights: Toward a Politics of Responsibilities

By Kathryn Sikkink

Image of book cover for The Hidden Face of RightsWhen we debate questions in international law, politics, and justice, we often use the language of rights—and far less...

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Of Note

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Alberto Alesina Wins Hayek Book Prize

Faculty Associate Alberto Alesina, Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University, is the corecipient of the Hayek Book Prize for his book, Austerity: When It Works and When It Doesn't (Princeton University Press...

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Message from the Director

Image of Melani CammettWhen the semester launched in January, none of us at the Weatherhead Center imagined the harrowing ride we would take, together and in isolation. Those who study global pandemics—in real time and in the past—have been busier than they could have imagined. Many of...

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Spring 2020, Volume 34 Number 2

Thumbnail image of Centerpiece cover spring 2020Life at the Weatherhead Center—like the rest of the world—changed drastically over the past few months. In our Message from the Director column, Interim Director Melani Cammett shares the struggles and resilience of Center affiliates during the COVID-19 pandemic thus far. In our first feature, "In Conversation with Melani Cammett, Ali Asani, and Payam Mohseni," we talk to the leadership team of our new Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs about the scope of this new project, along with Shi'ism and sectarianism more broadly. In our second feature, "China in a Changed World," we ask a few members of our Graduate Student Associates Program their perspectives on some of the long-term—and perhaps less frequently discussed—consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on China and the rest of the world. We also share updates from some of our research groups, including the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations and their recent ambassador visit, and the Weatherhead Initiative on Afro-Latin American Studies, which is wrapping up its final year at the WCFIA.... Read more about Spring 2020, Volume 34 Number 2