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Brinton Ahlin

Brinton Ahlin

Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. PhD, Department of Anthropology, New York University.

Research interests: Former Soviet Union and postsocialism; central Asia; Islam; communism; and materiality and language.

1727 Cambridge Street, E113
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-7957
Rabiat Akande

Rabiat Akande

Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. SJD, Harvard Law School.

Research interests: Legal history; Islamic legal thought; comparative constitutional law; constitution design; religion-state relations; British imperialism; slavery; human rights; West Africa; and the Lake Chad basin.

1727 Cambridge Street, room E101
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-5414
Sophia Balakian

Sophia Balakian

Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Research interests: Refugees, migration, and mobility; humanitarianism; national security; kinship; and east Africa, the Horn of Africa, and North America.

1727 Cambridge Street, room E101
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-5414
Chantal  Berman

Chantal Berman

Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. PhD, Department of Politics, Princeton University.

Research interests: Comparative politics; Middle East politics; social movements and contentious politics; political economy and redistribution; and political violence.

1727 Cambridge Street, room E105
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 496-3821
Melani Cammett

Melani Cammett

Acting Center Director (2019–2020); Chair, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies; Chair, Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs; Executive Committee; Steering Committee; Faculty Associate.
Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Department of Government, Harvard University; Professor, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Research Interests: Comparative politics; political economy of development; religion and ethnicity; governance and welfare by public, private, and nonstate actors; and Middle East politics.

1737 Cambridge Street, K213
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-9849
Steven Caton

Steven Caton

Executive Committee; Steering Committee; Faculty Associate; Harvard Academy Senior Scholar. Khalid Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulrahman Al Saud Professor of Contemporary Arab Studies, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.

Research interests: Linguistics; cultural studies; gender; Yemeni poetics and politics; US men's movement; and water sustainability.

Tozzer Anthropology Building 318
Cambridge, MA 02138
f: (617) 496-8355
p: (617) 495-1886
Timothy J. Colton

Timothy J. Colton

Chair, Canada Program Faculty Steering Committee; Chair, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Regions in a Multipolar World; Faculty Associate; Harvard Academy Senior Scholar.
Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University.

Research interests: Political leadership in post-Communist countries; parties and mass politics in Russia; and the interaction between domestic and international politics in the post-Soviet space.

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-4345
Melissa Dell

Melissa Dell

Faculty Associate; Harvard Academy Senior Scholar. Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Harvard University.

Research interests: Development economics; and political economy.

Littauer Center M-24
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 384-7272
Grzegorz Ekiert

Grzegorz Ekiert

Faculty Associate; Harvard Academy Senior Scholar. Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Department of Government; Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University.
Research interests: Civil society development in new democracies in Central Europe and East Asia; and patterns of transformations in the post-Communist world.... Read more about Grzegorz Ekiert
27 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
f: (617) 495-8509
p: (617) 998-5420
Susanna Ferguson

Susanna Ferguson

Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. PhD, Department of History, Columbia University.

Research interests: Concept history; history of women and gender; modern Middle East and North Africa; feminism; politics of reproduction; and representative governance.

1727 Cambridge Street, room E105
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 496-3821
Julian Gewirtz

Julian Gewirtz

Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. DPhil, Faculty of History, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

Research interests: Modern Chinese history; socialism and market reform; Chinese foreign policy; transnational networks; science and technology; politics of history; and poetry.

1727 Cambridge Street, E113
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-7957
Agustina A. Giraudy

Agustina A. Giraudy

Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Associate Professor of Political Science, School of International Service, American University.

Research interests: Subnational democracy; subnational institutions; subnational undemocratic regimes; subnational research in comparative politics; patrimonialism; territorial inequality; and Latin America.

1727 Cambridge Street, room E101
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-5414
Chris Gratien

Chris Gratien

Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Virginia.

Research interests: Social and environmental history of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East; and ecology and migration in the Cilicia region of southern Anatolia.

1727 Cambridge Street, room E104
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-3264
Kathleen Hoover

Kathleen Hoover

Program Coordinator, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies; Executive Assistant to the Center Director.
1727 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
f: (617) 496-9592
p: (617) 495-7502
Zachary  M. Howlett

Zachary M. Howlett

Academy Scholar, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Yale-NUS College, National University of Singapore.

Research interests: Sociocultural anthropology; China and overseas Chinese; education and social inequality; migration and urbanization; marriage, gender, and demographic change.

1727 Cambridge Street, room E106
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-5362