New Members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Several Faculty Associates are members of the 2022 class of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences: Erica Chenoweth, Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Kennedy School and Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University; Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University; Eve Blau, Adjunct Professor of the History and Theory of Urban Form and Design and Director of Research at Harvard Graduate School of Design; and Suzanne Preston Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University.
Jason Beckfield Selected Robert G. Stone Jr. Professor of Sociology
Faculty Associate Jason Beckfield, professor of sociology, has been selected to be the inaugural Robert G. Stone Jr. Professor of Sociology, a position that recognizes an outstanding scholar in international studies. A longstanding member of the Harvard Corporation, Stone (‘45–’47) was a shipping executive who was legendary for his indefatigable fundraising skills. He passed away in 2006, and will be widely remembered for his commitment to undergraduate financial aid, student athletics, and international studies, according to a 2006 tribute in the Harvard Gazette.
Durba Mitra Wins Bernard S. Cohn Prize
Faculty Associate Durba Mitra, assistant professor of women, gender, and sexuality and Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, is the recipient of the Bernard S. Cohn Prize for her book, Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought (Princeton University Press, 2020). The award is presented by the Association for Asian Studies and honors outstanding scholarship for a first single-authored monograph on South Asia.
Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey Awarded William Dawson Chair at McGill University
Former William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey, now assistant professor of history and classical studies at McGill University, was awarded the William Dawson Chair at McGill. This endowed research chair—tenable for five years and renewable once—recognizes an outstanding scholar, a tenure-track assistant or associate professor, who is poised to become a leader in his or her field. Adjetey’s forthcoming book, Cross-Border Cosmopolitans: The Making of a Pan-African North America (UNC Press) delves into the global Black freedom struggle.
Sheila Jasanoff Wins Holberg Prize
Faculty Associate Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard Kennedy School, is the recipient of the 2022 Holberg Prize for her pioneering work in the field of science and technology studies. The goal of the Holberg Prize, established by the Norwegian Parliament in 2003, is to increase awareness of the value of academic scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, law, and theology—all attributes of Jasanoff’s work that forges a unique body of research that connects many disciplines.
Tarek Masoud Named Coeditor of Journal of Democracy
Faculty Associate Tarek Masoud, the Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman Professor of International Relations and professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, was appointed coeditor of the Journal of Democracy by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The Journal of Democracy is a leading publication on the theory and practice of democracy around the world, and since its establishment in 1990, has shaped the thinking on major challenges that confront democracies. Masoud has an extensive background in leadership and academic scholarship, and backs the NED’s mission of supporting freedom around the world.
S. V. Subramanian Leading New India Policy Insights Initiative
Faculty Associate S. V. Subramanian, professor of population health and geography at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, is leading a new partnership between India Policy Insights (IPI), his flagship project at the Geographic Insights Lab, and the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI), the official policy design and innovation think tank for the Government for India. India Policy Insights is a collaborative initiative created to support precision public health policy in India by providing a comprehensive online geo-visual data platform of policy-relevant population health and development indicators, using novel statistical techniques at multiple geographic levels.
Christy Thornton Wins Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award
Former Postdoctoral Fellow Christy Thornton, now as assistant professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University, is the recipient of the 2022 Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award for her book, Revolution in Development: Mexico and the Governance of the Global Economy (University of California Press, 2021). The award, in honor of the thinker, political scientist, and analyst Luciano Tomassini, is presented by the Latin American Studies Association to an author of an outstanding book on Latin American foreign policies and international relations.
Dani Rodrik receives $7.5M Grant to Establish Economics Research Initiative
Faculty Associate Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School, is the corecipient—along with Gordon H. Hanson, also of Harvard Kennedy School—of a $7.5 million grant to establish the Reimagining the Economy Project. The grant, awarded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, is part of a $40 million effort to fund academic programs on neoliberalism. The new project spearheaded by Rodrik and Hanson will focus on empirical studies of policymaking and local economies.
Laura Diaz Anadon Awarded Fellowship from University of Cambridge
Former Faculty Associate Laura Diaz Anadon, Professor of Climate Change Policy at the University of Cambridge, is the recipient of a JM Keynes Senior Fellowship in Financial Economics. The JM Keynes Fellowship Fund, established by the University of Cambridge, supports fellows from a wide range of expertise, whose research falls within the areas of finance, financial institutions, and financial markets—and how those areas interact with microeconomic behavior and macroeconomic performance.
Philippe Aghion Is Hayek Book Prize Finalist
Former Faculty Associate Philippe Aghion, professor at the College de France and at the London School of Economics, is a finalist for the 2022 Hayek Book Prize for his book, The Power of Creative Destruction: Economic Upheaval and the Wealth of Nations (Harvard University Press, 2021). The award, given by the Manhattan Institute, honors the book that best reflects Friedrich Hayek’s vision of economic and individual liberty, and encourages other scholars to follow his example. The winner of the Hayek Prize is chosen from among the nominations by a selection committee of distinguished economists, journalists, and scholars.
Michèle Lamont Awarded Honorary Doctorate
Faculty Associate and Former Director Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and professor of sociology and of African and African American studies at Harvard University, received an honorary degree from the University of Antwerp. Every few years, the University of Antwerp faculty recommends an internationally renowned scientist for an honorary doctorate. Lamont was recognized for her expertise in sociological issues on culture and social inequality.
Emma Rothschild Wins PROSE Award in European History
Faculty Associate Emma Rothschild, Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History at Harvard University, is the recipient of the 2022 PROSE Award in European History for her book, An Infinite History: The Story of a Family in France over Three Centuries (Princeton University Press, 2021). Every year the Association of American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Awards) recognize the best in professional and scholarly publishing by celebrating the authors, editors, and publishers whose works have made significant advancements in their respective fields of study.
Amy Catalinac Wins Leon Weaver Award at APSA
Former GSA and Postdoctoral Fellow Amy Catalinac, now assistant professor of politics at New York University, is the corecipient of the 2021 Leon Weaver Award for her paper “Geographically-Targeted Spending in Mixed-Member Majoritarian Electoral Systems.” The award is given to the best paper presented at the previous American Political Science Association (APSA) on a conference panel sponsored by the Representation and Electoral Systems Section. The paper was subsequently published in World Politics, a quarterly journal of international relations.