Research Groups

The Weatherhead Center supports several categories of research groups including: programs, projects, Weatherhead Research Clusters, and Weatherhead Initiatives. These groups provide a framework for faculty, students, visiting scholars, and practitioners to collaborate and work together on focused research projects.

Programs & Projects

Canada Program

The Canada Program, made possible by the William Lyon Mackenzie King endowment, presents rich intellectual opportunities for Canadian studies at Harvard: graduate and undergraduate courses offered by distinguished visiting Canadian scholars across the social sciences and professional schools, dissertation research grants for Harvard graduate students, thesis research and travel funding for Harvard undergraduates, a vibrant seminar series of esteemed Canadian...

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Center for History and Economics (CHE)

The Joint Center for History and Economics is based at Harvard University and at Magdalene College and King's College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. It was established at Harvard in 2007 to promote research and education on subjects of importance for historians and economists. Its aim is to provide a forum in which scholars can address some of their common concerns through the history of economic and social thought, through economic history, and through the application of...

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Program on U.S.-Japan Relations

The Program on U.S.-Japan Relations was founded in 1980 in response to Japan's rise as a leading global power. It seeks to advance knowledge of US-Japan relations; contemporary Japanese politics, economy, society, and culture in comparative perspective; common problems of developed democracies; the globalization of Japan's popular culture; the rise of civil society in Asia; the international relations of Asia; and global governance of issues such as energy, environment,...

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Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs

The Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs at the Weatherhead Center undertakes advanced research on the multifaceted and diverse manifestations of Shi’ism in the contemporary world. The study of Shi’ism, religious mobilization, and the challenges of sectarian conflict is more pressing now than ever in modern history. From the war in Yemen, the civil strife in Syria, and the devastation in Iraq and beyond, Shi’a movements have emerged as a significant dynamic on the Middle...

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SCANCOR-Weatherhead Partnership

The SCANCOR-Weatherhead Partnership, launched in the fall of 2016, explores the role of corporations—and other formal organizations—in the creation of international, social, environmental, economic, and political conventions and norms. The project is based on a visiting scholars program at the Weatherhead Center that welcomes faculty who use the tools of organizational science to work on international topics.

This eight-year project, led by Government Professor Torben Iversen, partners the Weatherhead Center with the...

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Nurturing the research of graduate and undergraduate students is one of the Weatherhead Center’s highest priorities. The WCFIA helps students financially and intellectually by supporting their research and by encouraging and facilitating meaningful collaboration between students and other Center affiliates including faculty, fellows, and visiting scholars. In addition, the Center encourages students to participate in its seminars and conferences. The scholarly community hopes that Harvard students and young scholars find the Center to be a significant intellectual resource for expanding...

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Weatherhead Scholars Program

The Weatherhead Scholars Program, a new program at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, welcomed its first class of participants in 2017–2018. Established in 1958, the WCFIA is the largest international social science research center within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. We support international, transnational, global, and comparative research, whether historical or contemporary, including policy analysis.

The Weatherhead Scholars...

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Weatherhead Initiatives

Weatherhead Research Clusters