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Michèle Lamont Awarded Andrew Carnegie and Russell Sage Foundation Fellowships

Center Director Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and professor of sociology and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, is the recipient of two fellowships in 2019. First is the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, or “Brainy Award,” which awards recipients a grant of up to $200,000 to devote to their research and writing. Second is the Russell Sage Foundation Fellowship, where Lamont will be in residence for the 2019–2020 academic year to pursue writing a new book. 

Joseph Nye Wins Jury Prize in 2019 Sakıp Sabancı International Research Awards

Former Center Director and current Faculty Associate Joseph Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, is the recipient of the 2019 Sakıp Sabancı International Research Awards' Jury Prize. The research awards are Turkey’s first international awards given in the social sciences, and the Jury Prize is awarded to an individual who has made distinguished contributions in a particular theme. The theme for 2019 is “Future of Multilateralism in Global Turmoil: Rethinking Security, Economy, Democracy.” At the award ceremony held on April 10, 2019 at Istanbul's Sabancı Center, Nye spoke on soft power and the role it plays in Turkey’s future. 

Matteo Maggiori Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Faculty Associate Matteo Maggiori, associate professor of economics at Harvard University, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Along with 168 other scholars, writers, and artists, Maggiori was selected from a group of almost 3,000 applicants. The fellowship, awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, furthers the “development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed.” 

Two Affiliates Awarded Radcliffe Institute Fellowships

More than fifty new members belong to the 2019–2020 class of fellows at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, including Faculty Associate Paul Y. Chang, associate professor of sociology at Harvard University. Also awarded were three graduate student fellowships, including Graduate Student Affiliate Angie Bautista-Chavez, PhD Candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University. Winning the highly competitive fellowship means that the incoming class can “direct their creative and intellectual energy to producing solutions to some of the most complex and urgent challenges of our time.”

Kathryn Sikkink Wins 2019 HR Distinguished Scholar Award

Faculty Associate Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, is the recipient of the 2019 Human Rights Section’s Distinguished Scholar Award. The award is given on a biennial basis by the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association. It “recognizes an individual whose lifetime achievements in scholarship, teaching, and mentoring have made a significant impact on the field of human rights.”

Daniel Ziblatt Awarded Berlin Prize Fellowship

Faculty Associate Daniel Ziblatt, Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University, is part of the fall 2019 class of Berlin Prize Fellows. The fellowship, awarded by the American Academy in Berlin, is “awarded annually to scholars, writers, composers, and artists based in the United States who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields.” Fellows live in Berlin’s Wannsee district, pursuing projects of which they normally don’t have the time or resources to devote.   

Peter A. Hall Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Associate Peter A. Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies at Harvard University, is elected to the 239th class of new members at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the Academy’s mission is to honor members across “increasingly diverse fields and with the work focused on the arts, democracy, education, global affairs, and science.” Hall joins a class of over 200 new members, including former First Lady Michelle Obama, who will all be inducted at a ceremony in October 2019 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Mattea Mrkusic Awarded Global Rhodes Scholarship

Former Undergraduate Associate and Ken Juster Fellow Mattea Mrkusic ‘17 was named a Global Rhodes Scholar, a new award given to candidates from anywhere in the world. Mrkusic was one of five Harvard affiliates to win a Rhodes Scholarship this year. When she was a Harvard undergraduate, she contributed an article to the fall 2016 Centerpiece on climate change-induced migration in Kiribati. Since her time at Harvard, she has worked on a documentary about the criminal justice system, conducted climate change migration research, and worked as a freelance journalist, according to the Harvard Crimson. At Oxford, Mrkusic plans to pursue master’s degrees in public policy and refugee and forced migration studies. 

Dara Kay Cohen Wins ISSS Emerging Scholar Award

Faculty Associate Dara Kay Cohen, Ford Foundation Associate Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, is the recipient of the 2019 Emerging Scholar Award from the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association. The award is given annually to “recognize scholars who have made (through their body of publications) the most significant contribution to the field of security studies.” Cohen’s first book, Rape during Civil War (Cornell University Press, 2016), received many awards and accolades, and she has published research in many journals. 

Order of the Rising Sun Awarded to Professor Mark Ramseyer

Faculty Associate J. Mark Ramseyer, Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies at the Harvard Law School, has been conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, by the Japanese government. This award, which is one of Japan’s highest distinctions, comes with the recognition and honor of Ramseyer’s contributions to not only the study of Japan but also the scholarly exchange between Japan and the United States. Ramseyer has authored and coauthored many publications on Japanese law, including the most recent, Second-Best Justice: The Virtues of Japanese Private Law (2015). 

Mary C. Waters Named Margaret Olivia Sage Scholar

Faculty Associate Mary C. Waters, PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences and John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology, has been named a 2019–2020 Margaret Olivia Sage Scholar by the Russell Sage Foundation. Established in 2015, the Margaret Olivia Sage Scholars program provides the opportunity for distinguished social scientists to spend brief periods in residence at the Russell Sage Foundation so they can pursue their own research and participate in other activities such as mentoring visiting scholars and advising foundation stakeholders on research initiatives. 

Ya-Wen Lei Selected as Public Intellectuals Program Fellow

Faculty Associate Ya-Wen Lei, assistant professor of sociology at Harvard University, was selected to be a fellow for the sixth cohort of the Public Intellectuals Program by the National Committee on United States-China Relations. The program, launched in 2005, is “dedicated to nurturing the next generation of China specialists who, in the tradition of earlier China hands, have the interest and potential to venture outside of academia to engage with the public and policy communities.” The Public Intellectuals Program offers many opportunities over the course of two years—including requiring each fellow to organize a public outreach program. 

Vikram Patel Wins John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award 

Faculty Associate Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, and professor of global health and population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is the recipient of the 2019 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award. Canada’s prestigious medical award is given annually to a “scientist whose advances have (or will potentially have) a significant impact on health outcomes in the developing world.” The award is given by the Gairdner Foundation, and provides each laureate with $100,000 CDN to spend as they choose. 

Asim Khwaja Appointed Faculty Director of Center for International Development

Faculty Associate Asim Khwaja, Sumitomo-Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development Professor of International Finance and Development at Harvard Kennedy School, will be the new faculty director for the Center of International Development (CID) at Harvard Kennedy School as of July 1, 2019. CID is a “university-wide center that works to advance the understanding of development challenges and offer viable solutions to problems of global poverty.” Khwaja will succeed Ricardo Hausmann, who led CID for fourteen years.  

Anya Bernstein Research Project Wins Harvard Climate Change Grant

The research project “Pleistocene Park: Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change in the Russian Arctic” by Faculty Associate Anya Bernstein, assistant professor of anthropology and of social studies at Harvard University, is one of seven projects to receive a Harvard climate change grant. All the projects will share $1 million, awarded by the Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund. The fund was established in 2014 by former President Drew Faust in order to encourage multidisciplinary research projects that seek creative solutions to climate change, according to the Harvard Gazette.

Mary-Jo Delvecchio Good Honored with Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award

Faculty Associate Mary-Jo Delvecchio Good, professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard University, has been honored with the 2019 William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award at the Harvard Medical School. The award was established in 1997 and was renamed the William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award in 2001. This distinction was made to honor and acknowledge the lifetime commitment Dr. Silen made to mentoring students, residents, and faculty. 

Two Undergraduate Associates Chosen for Phi Beta Kappa 2019

Two Undergraduate Associates, Arthur Lopes and Sierra Nota, are elected to Harvard College’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honor society. Studying in the Department of the Classics, Lopes’s thesis is titled “A Tropical Homer: Reinterpreting Gilberto Freyre’s Casa-Grande & Senzala, 1902–1940.” Studying in the Department of History and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Nota’s thesis is titled “Make Way for the Railway: City Development and the Trans-Siberian Railroad.” Lopes and Nota join forty-six other Harvard seniors in the “Senior 48” who have chosen the most challenging courses and achieved academic success, along with the pursuit of independent research in an honors concentration. 

Graduate Student Cresa Pugh Receives Derek Bok Center Award for Excellence in Teaching 

Graduate Student Affiliate Cresa Pugh, a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University and the Program in Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, is one of the recipients of the Certificates of Distinction and Excellence in Teaching (Q Awards) for fall 2018. The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, partnered with the GSAS and the Office of Undergraduate Education, awards the certificate those who receive an overall score of 4.5 or higher on the Q section evaluations.