Harvard Academy Scholars, 1986–2014

The purpose of the Academy Scholars Program is to identify exceptional scholars who are at the start of their careers and whose work combines excellence in a social science discipline (including history and law) with an in-depth grounding in a particular country or region. Since 1986, the Academy Scholars Program has produced over 130 social scientists and seventeen graduate fellows from a wide variety of social science disciplines with expertise in all non-Western regions.

Political science, with just under half of the cohort, significantly outnumbers the other social science disciplines. Anthropology follows in second place and history in third. This represents, in part, the distributions of these disciplines in the applicant pool (which in turn may reflect the respective sizes of these disciplines). The chart below shows clearly how non-Western regions have been (and still are) studied by Academy Scholars. Beginning in 2018, the Academy Scholars Program began to accept all regions outside of the US and/or Canada.

Academy Scholars are currently employed at more than forty of the nation’s top universities and colleges. Columbia University employs the most (8); followed by University of California, Berkeley (6); Michigan (5); Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Yale (4); and Brown, Duke, Stanford, University of Chicago, and University of California, San Diego (3). Several Scholars teach overseas at places such as Australian National University, Cambridge University, the European University of St. Petersburg, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Hong Kong Institute of Education, the London School of Economics, the National University of Singapore, New York University Abu Dhabi, Seoul National University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Tokyo. The Harvard Academy has produced a new and diverse generation of social science area specialists teaching at major colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.

Scholars by Region (83 scholars in 2005; 130 in 2014)
  Africa Central Asia China Cross Regional Eastern Europe Japan Latin America Middle East Russia Southeast Asia South Asia
2005 10% 3% 10% 10% 13% 10% 13% 9% 10% 4% 8%
2014 11% 1% 10% 3% 13% 9% 13% 13% 11% 7% 9%