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Erika Lee

Erika Lee joins Faculty of Arts and Sciences

July 6, 2022

Erika Lee will join the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as the second hire of senior faculty dedicated to teaching and scholarship of ethnicity, indigeneity, and migration (EIM). An award-winning historian and expert on Asian American history and immigration, Lee will begin her role as the inaugural Bae Family Professor of History in July 2023, but will be on leave until the following summer.

The granddaughter of Chinese immigrants, Lee grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and attended Tufts University. She earned her Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. She currently...

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Edward Glaeser

Professor Edward Glaeser has been selected as the 2022 Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Albert O. Hirschman Prize recipient

June 7, 2022
Awarded every two years, the Hirschman Prize is the highest honor of the Social Science Research Council. It recognizes excellence in social and behavioral science in the tradition of Albert O. Hirschman’s pioneering research.  Edward Glaeser, the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics and Chairman of the Department of Economics at Harvard University, has... Read more about Professor Edward Glaeser has been selected as the 2022 Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Albert O. Hirschman Prize recipient
Stefanie Stantcheva

Stefanie Stantcheva, Professor of Economics, is one of three Harvard faculty to receive Guggenheim fellowships

April 21, 2022

Stantcheva, the Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy; Williams, the Dwight Parker Robinson Professor of Mathematics and Seaver Professor at the Radcliffe Institute; and Pollan, professor of the practice of nonfiction and Lewis K. Chan Arts Lecturer, will join 180 American and Canadian fellows selected from nearly 2,500 applicants.

Since its establishment in 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted nearly $400 million in fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, among whom are more than 125 Nobel laureates, members of all the national academies,...

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Photographers take it from the top, covering the campus below

September 29, 2021

Every day must be a field day for the red-tailed hawks of Harvard Yard. The views from the sky are both dizzying and enlightening.

For us mere bipeds, that vantage point has to be accessed via the narrow stairwells and ladders that lead to the tops of the iconic towers. The short of breath will find that pressing PH on the elevators of the tallest buildings achieves the same end.

There is a calm quiet in the balconies and belfries. Voices are muffled, and sounds are indistinct, betraying the busy-ness below.

Modern, colonial, and gothic architectures contrast across the...

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Economist Nancy Rose wants to empower antitrust enforcement

September 24, 2021

A flurry of activity in Washington, D.C., has turned a spotlight on the arcane world of antitrust enforcement.

This summer, Congress introduced a clutch of antitrust bills that both proponents and critics say could lead to the breakup of technology giants such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. The measures seek to curb the control these companies have over online commerce, software distribution, social networking, and internet search. The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general, and private parties have brought antitrust...

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An excerpt from Steven Pinker’s latest book ‘Rationality’

September 23, 2021

Excerpted from “Rationality: Why It Seems Scarce and Why It Matters” by Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology.

Rationality ought to be the lodestar for everything we think and do. (If you disagree, are your objections rational?) Yet in an era blessed with unprecedented resources for reasoning, the public sphere is infested with fake news, quack cures, conspiracy theories, and “post-truth” rhetoric. We face deadly...

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Economics faculty discuss changes gift will bring to department

September 22, 2021

Solving many of the world’s most pressing issues has been a foundational focus for Harvard’s Department of Economics, and its professors’ range and depth of research has resulted in dozens of coveted fellowships and an impressive award list that includes multiple MacArthur Awards, Clark Medals and 11 Nobel Prizes.

This has been true for faculty who are breaking ground in more traditional areas of research like fiscal policy as well as those taking the newer approach of harnessing the power of big data to better understand ground-level economic inequality. With yesterday’s announcement of...

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Gift from Penny Pritzker ’81 to spark new era for Harvard economics

Gift from Penny Pritzker ’81 to spark new era for Harvard economics

September 21, 2021

Philanthropist, entrepreneur, civic leader, and former U.S. secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker ’81 has made a $100 million gift in support of the Department of Economics at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard announced today. Pritzker’s gift will help create a new home for the department and bolster its global impact by enabling faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates to pursue dynamic new approaches to teaching, research, and collaboration within the department and across the university.

Pritzker’s more than three decades of...

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Commissions underscore power of Harvard arts

Commissions underscore power of Harvard arts

September 20, 2021

This fall, the Harvard University Committee on the Arts is welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to campus with a series of six commissions from seven contemporary artists across various disciplines. The projects will present community members with unique opportunities to explore Harvard, in locations ranging from the Yard, to the Arboretum, to the ArtLab, through dance, visual art, music, and beyond.

“We’re aiming to welcome the community back to campus in a way that underscores the power and prominence of the arts on campus,” said Robin Kelsey, HUCA co-chair and Harvard’s dean of...

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Harvard sociology professor weighs in on census flaws

September 17, 2021

A quick scan of the headlines generated by the recently released 2020 census data will tell you that the white population is in steep decline and that minority groups are on the rise. But associate professor of sociology Ellis Monk says there’s more to the population count than what is being reported by the media. 

Monk’s research interests include issues around social inequality and political sociology, and some of his recent work involves understanding...

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