◦ The 2016 Infosys Prize in Humanities was awarded to Sunil Amrith on January 7, 2017, in Bangalore – see here and here, and the 2016 Infosys Prize in Social Sciences was awarded to Kaivan Munshi – see here and here.
◦ The Joint Center congratulates Alexia Yates on the award of the Wallace K. Ferguson prize for her book Selling Paris: Property and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Capital.
◦ The Joint Centre for History and Economics mourns the death on January 1, 2017 of Sir Tony Atkinson, great economist, founding member of the Centre’s Executive Committee, frequent visitor, with Judith Atkinson, to the Harvard Center, and the inspiration of so much extraordinary scholarship on inequality, poverty and public economics.
◦ The Program of Prize Fellowships in Economics, History and Politics is delighted to announce the Prize Fellows for the academic years 2016/2017 to 2018/2019. They are: Shane Bobrycki (Harvard), Paige Glotzer (Johns Hopkins), Nikhil Naik (MIT) and Melissa Teixeira (Princeton).
◦ The Joint Center for History and Economics is delighted to announce that Professor Sunil Amrith has been appointed as a Director of the Harvard Center. Professor Amrith is Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies and Professor of History at Harvard. He was a Prize Research Student at the Cambridge Centre in 2001-2002, and has been associated with the Centre ever since, both at Cambridge and at Harvard. His most recent book is Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants, and he is now writing a history of water and environmental change in South Asia. We welcome him most warmly.
◦ Nathaniel Donahue, Undergraduate Research Associate, has been awarded a Hoopes prize for his senior thesis.
◦ The French version of the "Angoulême in 1764" website, in the Visualizing Historical Social Networks project, was launched in the Angoulême Hôtel de Ville on February 10, 2015. It was described as an "incroyable travail de fourmi."
◦ Sunil Amrith was appointed Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies and Professor of History, and has joined the Executive Committee of the Harvard Center.
◦ Alexia Yates, Economics, History and Politics Research Fellow at Harvard in 2011-2014, will be an Associate Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre while a Mellon Newton interdisciplinary Research Fellow at CRASSH in 2014-2016.
◦ William O'Reilly will be visiting the Harvard Center from mid-October 2014, in connection with new work on shipping and migration in the eighteenth century.
◦ Tyler Goodspeed, Research Associate of the Harvard Center and Prize Research Student at the Cambridge Centre, 2008-2009, was awarded the 2014 Alexander Gerschenkron Prize of the Economic History Association "for the best dissertation in the economic history of an area outside of the United States or Canada."
◦ Center Research Associate Shane Bobrycki was awarded the Derek C. Book Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates.
◦ A new website on history and the law has been launched in connection with the Exchanges project. The website is coordinated by Rohit De and Fei-Hsien Wang, Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellows at the Centre for History and Economics in Cambridge.
◦ Noah Millstone, Prize Fellow in Economics, History and Politics, has been awarded the Harvard University Certificate of Teaching Excellence; Elizabeth Cross, graduate research associate, on the award of the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching; Philipp Lehmann, graduate research associate, on the award of the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching; James Martin, graduate research associate, on the award of the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching; Josh Specht, graduate research associate, on the award of the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching; and Jeremy Zallen, graduate research associate, on the award of the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching.
◦ A new website has been launched in connection with the Energy History Project.
◦ A new website has been launched in connection with the project on Visualizing Historical Networks.
◦ Rachel Leow, Prize Fellow in Economics, History and Politics at the Harvard Center has been appointed Lecturer in East Asian History at the University of Cambridge, starting 2013.
◦ Ben Golub, Prize Research Fellow in Economics, History and Politics, will join the Harvard Economics Department as Assistant Professor of Economics, starting in 2015.
◦ The website for The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History by Emma Rothschild is available at fas.harvard.edu/~histecon/innerlife/
◦ David Todd, Associate Research Fellow of the Cambridge Centre and coordinator of the Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas program, on the award of a Philip Leverhulme Prize for outstanding scholars, for his work on the global history of ideas. Dr Todd is Lecturer in World History at King's College London, and was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Center in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009.
◦ The United Nations History Project website, developed at the Joint Center for History and Economics and the Harvard Asia Center with the support of the United Nations Foundation, can be found at www.unhistoryproject.org.
◦ Sunil Amrith, Birkbeck, University of London, and a Visiting Fellow at the Center since 2008, has been awarded a European Research Council grant for "the very best creative researchers of any nationality and age." His new project, Coastal Frontiers: Water, Power, and the Boundaries of South Asia, will be undertaken from 2012 to 2017.
◦ Pedro Ramos-Pinto, Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre since 2007, and visiting scholar at the Harvard Center in 2007-2008 and 2009-2010, has been appointed Lecturer in International History at the University of Manchester.
◦ Gabriel Paquette, History and Economics student at the Cambridge Centre in 2001-2002, and Associate Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre since 2006, and at the Harvard Center since 2008, has been appointed Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University
◦ Angus Burgin, History and Economics student at the Harvard Center since 2007, and visiting Mellon student at the Cambridge Centre in 2006-07, has been appointed Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University.
◦ Dr Sunil Amrith, Lecturer in History at Birkbeck College, University of London, was a visitor at the Center from January to May 2010, and will return in spring 2011. Dr Amrith, the author of Decolonizing International Health: India and Southeast Asia, 1930-65 (Palgrave, 2006), works on the history of the Bay of Bengal region since the late eighteenth century, and is currently focusing on the history of migration and cultural circulation between south India and Southeast Asia. His new book, Migration and Diaspora in Modern Asia, will be published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press.
◦ Luca Einaudi visited the Center in March-June 2010, while on leave from his post as senior economist in the Prime Minister's Office, Rome, Italy. He was a Prize Research Student at the Cambridge Centre in 1994/1995, and is the author of Money and Politics: European Monetary Unification and the International Gold Standard (1865-1873)(Oxford, 2001). While at the Center, he worked on the 2007-2009 financial crisis in historical perspective.
◦ Barbara Ravelhofer visited the Center in March-June 2010. She is Reader in English Literature at Durham University and a research associate of the Cambridge Centre. She is the author of The Early Stuart Masque: Dance, Costume, and Music (Oxford, 2006). Her current research is on European Frontiers in Literary Perspective.
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