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Yasuhiro Arai

Academic Associate, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Economics, Kochi University.
Research interests: The economics of patent pledges and intellectual property rights.
61 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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David R. Armitage

Executive Committee; Steering Committee; Faculty Associate (on leave 2022–2023); Harvard Academy Senior Scholar. Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Department of History, Harvard University.

Research interests: History of international law and international relations theory; colonialism and political theory; oceanic history; civil war; and treaties.

Robinson Hall 215
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-8076
Elena Ayala-Hurtado

Elena Ayala-Hurtado

Graduate Student Affiliate; Weatherhead Center Dissertation Fellow. PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, Harvard University.

Research interests: Employment precarity; tertiary education; young adulthood; imagined futures; narratives; cultural sociology; modern Spain; and comparative research.

1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Sophia Balakian

Sophia Balakian

Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Assistant Professor, School of Integrative Studies, George Mason University.

Research interests: Borders, migration, and refugees; kinship and gender; humanitarianism and securitization; and East Africa, the Horn of Africa, and North America.

1727 Cambridge Street, room E108
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-3367
Jessica Barnard

Jessica Barnard

Administrator, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Global Transformations (WIGH) and Weatherhead Research Cluster on Migration.
1727 Cambridge Street
Room E211
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-8923
Robert J. Barro

Robert J. Barro

Faculty Associate. Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Harvard University.

Research interests: The interplay between religion and political economy; and the impact of rare disasters on asset markets and macroeconomic activity.

Littauer 218
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-3203
Mary Travis Bassett

Mary Travis Bassett

Faculty Associate (on leave 2022–2023). François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Department of Global Health and Population;
Director, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Research interests: Advancing health equity.
651 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Robert H. Bates

Robert H. Bates

Faculty Associate (emeritus). Eaton Professor of the Science of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies, Emeritus, Departments of Government and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University.

Research interests: Political economy of development, particularly in Africa; and violence and state failure.

1737 Cambridge Street,
Cambridge, MA 02138
f: (617) 495-8292
p: (617) 496-0919
Julie Battilana

Julie Battilana

Faculty Associate. Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Organizational Behavior Unit, Harvard Business School.

Research interests: Hybrid organizations that diverge from typical corporations and not-for-profits by combining aspects of both at their core. 

Morgan Hall 327
Soldiers Field Park
Boston, MA 02163
p: (617) 495-6113
Matthew Baum

Matthew Baum

Faculty Associate. Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications; Professor of Public Policy, Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School.

Research interests: Domestic sources of foreign policy; influence of mass media and public opinion on democratic conflict behavior; and variations in democratic electoral institutions.

79 JFK Street
T244
Cambridge, MA 02138
f: (617) 495-8696
p: 617-495-1291
Jason Beckfield

Jason Beckfield

Faculty Associate. Robert G. Stone, Jr. Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Harvard University.

Research interests: Impact of European integration on economic inequality and the welfare state; the evolution of the network structure of international organizations; and the social determinants of health inequalities.

WJH 550
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-3895
Silvia Benedito

Silvia Benedito

Faculty Associate. Design Critic, Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Research interests: The role of atmosphere, weather, and sensation in the design disciplines of landscape architecture and urbanism.

48 Quincy Street
Gund Hall 415
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-0949
Lisa Berkman

Lisa Berkman

Faculty Associate. Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and of Epidemiology; Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Research interests: Examining the role of social conditions and social and economic policies in shaping patterns of population health and aging.

9 Bow St
Cambridge MA 02138
p: (617) 495-8498