Of Note

Image of Robert Putnam at retirement eventOn April 20, 2018, Harvard hosted a retirement symposium for Professor Robert D. Putnam. The event featured five panels that focused on the most important work of Putnam’s career—his “Two-Level Games” essay, and the books Making Democracy Work, Bowling Alone, American Grace, and Our Kids. At Harvard, in addition to serving as director of the Weatherhead Center from 1993 to 1996, Putnam served as dean of the Kennedy School and co-founded the Saguaro Seminar, bringing together leading thinkers and practitioners to develop actionable ideas for civic renewal. As professor emeritus, Putnam will continue to devote his time to research and writing and is now completing a study of twentieth-century economic, social, political, and cultural trends. Photo credit: Russ Campbell Photography

Peter Hall Wins 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship

Faculty Associate Peter A. Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies, received a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship in political science. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded the fellowship—chosen from almost 3,000 applicants—to 173 scholars, artists, and scientists. Awards are given on the basis of "prior achievement and exceptional promise." This is the Foundation's ninety-fourth competition.  

Michael Ignatieff Wins Zócalo Book Prize

Advisory Committee Member Michael Ignatieff, president and rector of Central European University in Budapest, won the eighth annual Zócalo Book Prize for his 2017 book, The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World. The prize is awarded to a nonfiction book that "most enhances our understanding of community, human connectedness, and social cohesion." Ignatieff will deliver a lecture and accept the prize, which includes $5,000, on May 22 in Los Angeles, California. 

Three Faculty Associates Elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Three Faculty Associates were elected as 2018 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Jeffry Frieden, Stanfield Professor of International Peace, Harvard University; Pippa Norris, Paul F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Harvard Kennedy School; and Gita Gopinath, John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics, Harvard University. These faculty members join a class of 177 Fellows across a wide range of disciplines awarded for their exceptional ability in sharing knowledge and addressing challenges facing the world. 

Emmanuel Akyeampong Receives Honorary Doctorate

Faculty Associate Emmanuel Akyeampong, professor of history and of African and African American studies, was conferred an honorary doctorate degree at the University of Ghana during their seventieth-anniversary celebrations. The award came at the end of the university's 2018 Aggrey-Fraser-Guggisberg Memorial Lectures, where the theme was “Nkrumah and the Making of the Ghanaian Nation-State.” 

Eve Blau Named 2018 SAH Fellow

Faculty Associate Eve Blau, adjunct professor of the history of urban form at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, was one of four people named a 2018 Society of Architectural Historian Fellow. SAH Fellows are "individuals who have distinguished themselves by a lifetime of significant contributions to the field of architectural history, which may include scholarship, service to SAH or stewardship of the built environment." Blau's research interests include modern architecture and urbanism; postindustrial and postsocialist urban transitions; Central and Eastern Europe; and urban design and planning. Her forthcoming book, titled Baku: Oil and Urbanism, will be released in spring 2018.

Honorary Doctorate Awarded to Panagiotis Roilos

Faculty Associate Panagiotis Roilos, George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies, was presented with an honorary doctorate from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. Panteion is one of the most prestigious universities devoted to social and political sciences in Europe, and has awarded around sixty honorary degrees in its almost one-century history. Roilos, presented with the award on January 22, 2018, is one of the youngest honorees so far. 

Sheila Jasanoff Wins 2017 Reimer Lüst Award

Faculty Associate Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School, received the 2017 Reimar Lüst Award. Jasanoff, who has pioneered international science and technology studies, is one of two humanities scholars to win the award. The award, granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, is given to humanities scholars who have "shaped academic and cultural relations between Germany and their own countries." 

Serhii Plokhii Wins Prestigious Shevchenko National Prize

Faculty Associate Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History, is one of five winners of the 2018 Shevchenko National Prize for his 2015 book, The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine. The prize is named after poet and artist Taras Shevchenko and is Ukraine’s highest state award—and thus one of the most prestigious distinctions a work of writing or art can receive in Ukraine. 

Yukiko Koga Wins Two Book Prizes

Former Academy Scholar Yukiko Koga, now professor of anthropology at Hunter College, the City University of New York, won two book awards for her book, Inheritance of Loss: The Political Economy of Redemption after Empire. She received the Francis L. K. Hsu Book Prize for the most significant contribution to the field, and the Anthony Leeds Prize for an outstanding book in urban, national, and/or transnational anthropology. Both prizes were awarded by the American Anthropological Association.

GSA Justin Stern Selected As Harvard Horizon Scholar

Graduate Student Associate Justin Stern was selected as one of the 2018 Harvard Horizons Scholars. Every year, eight creative and innovative PhD candidates are chosen to receive "in-depth, personalized mentoring and coaching designed to enhance their presentation skills." At the end of the program, each scholar presents their research in Sanders Theatre in a free and open-to-the-public forum. Stern's talk is titled, "Global Outsourcing, Local Transformations: Business Process Outsourcing and Urban Restructuring in the Philippines."

Best Books of 2017

Many of our faculty published books that garnered top spots in various ‘best book’ lists of 2017. Here are a few:

Graham Allison Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap? 
New York Times's 100 Notable Books of 2017; Financial Times's Best Politics Books of 2017; The Times (of London) Books of the Year

Odd Arne Westad | The Cold War: A World History 
Financial Times's Best History Books of 2017

Gareth Doherty | Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State
American Society of Landscape Architects’ Best Books of 2017

Maya Jasanoff | The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World 
New York Times's 100 Notable Books of 2017; The Economist’s Books of the Year