WCFIA Faculty Associate Sven Beckert's Empire of Cotton is a Nominee for the Cundill Prize
Laird Bell Professor of History Sven Beckert was nominated for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature for his new book, Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014). The Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill is the world’s most important international nonfiction historical literature prize.
WCFIA Faculty Associate Maya Jasanoff Named Harvard College Professor
Maya Jasanoff, Coolidge Professor of History, was named one of five new Harvard College Professors. Each year, a few faculty members are named Harvard College Professors to recognize their excellence in undergraduate teaching, and contributions in advising and mentoring students.
Center Director Michèle Lamont Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Weatherhead Center Director Michèle Lamont, the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and professor of sociology and African and African American studies, has been elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. The eighty-seven new fellows have been elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific, and artistic achievement. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honor a scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences.
WCFIA Faculty Associate Melani Cammett's Book, Compassionate Communalism, Receives 2015 APSA Book Awards
Professor of Government Melani Cammett's Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (Cornell University Press, 2015) won the 2015 Giovanni Sartori Book Award of the APSA Section on Qualitative and Multi-Method Research and the Honorable Mention for the 2015 Gregory Luebbert Book Award for the APSA Section on Comparative Politics.
Center Director Michèle Lamont Elected the 108th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA)
Weatherhead Center Director Michèle Lamont, the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and professor of sociology and African and African American studies, has been elected the 108th president of the American Sociological Association (ASA). Lamont will serve as president‐elect for one year beginning in August 2015.
WCFIA Faculty Associate Sven Beckert Wins 2015 Philip Taft Labor History Prize
The 2015 Taft Prize in Labor and Working-Class History has been been awarded to Sven Beckert for his book Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014). "The Committee found the book to be a major work with immense range that will help to define and expand the field of labor history. Empirically rich and exhaustively researched, Beckert successfully places the history of slaves, millworkers, and sharecroppers into the broad terrain of the history of capitalism as it was shaped by the demand for one of its most important and lucrative commodities, cotton. Linking Indian Weavers to African slavery to American plantations to European consumers, Beckert masterfully bridges the global transformations of the cotton economy with local history..."
WCFIA Faculty Associate Jacob Olupona Awarded the 2015–2016 Reimar Lust Award for International and Cultural Exchange
Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies Jacob Olupona has been awarded the Reimar Lust Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award is in recognition of “outstanding humanities scholars and social scientists from abroad who, as multipliers in and through the field of academic studies, have made an exceptional contribution to the enduring promotion of bilateral relations between Germany and their own countries.”
WCFIA Faculty Associate Peter V. Marsden Receives AAPOR Book Award
Edith and Benjamin Geisinger Professor of Sociology Peter V. Marsden, editor of Social Trends in American Life: Findings from the General Social Survey since 1972 (Princeton University Press, 2012), is the recipient of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Book Award for 2015. This award was established to recognize influential books that have stimulated theoretical and scientific research in public opinion, and/or influenced our understanding or application of survey research methodology.
WCFIA Faculty Associate Elhanan Helpman Wins Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize
Jean-Luc Moudenc, Mayor of Toulouse, awarded Professor Elhanan Helpman the Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize on October 15 at the 21st IDEI Annual Conference in a ceremony at Hôtel de Ville in Toulouse, France. Elhanan Helpman is the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade at Harvard University. Helpman’s contributions include studies of the balance of payments, exchange rate regimes, stabilization programs and foreign debt. Most important, however, are his studies of international trade, economic growth and political economy. He is a cofounder of the “new trade theory’’ and the “new growth theory,’’ which emphasize the roles of economies of scale and imperfect competition.