Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
Alex Wellerstein is a historian of nuclear weapons at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He received a Ph.D. from the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University in 2010 and a B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2002. In 2010–2011, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Project on Managing the Atom and International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. From 2011–2014, he was Associate Historian at the American Institute of Physics in College Park, Maryland.
He is currently completing a monograph on the history of nuclear secrecy in the United States, from the Manhattan Project through the War on Terror, to be published by the University of Chicago Press. He is the author of Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog, the creator of the online NUKEMAP nuclear weapons effects simulator, and is an occasional contributor to The New Yorker's Elements Blog.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm