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.
Amanda J. Rothschild is a Ph.D. candidate (exp. 2017) in Political Science at MIT and a research fellow with the Belfer Center's International Security Program. Her research interests include international relations theory, U.S. foreign policy, human rights, ethical issues in international affairs, and leadership in national and international security policy. She is a recipient of the Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies, a National Fellowship from the University of Virginia's Miller Center, a Tobin Project Graduate Fellowship in National Security, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Award. Her dissertation, successfully defended in October 2016, examines the history of U.S. responsiveness to mass killing and offers a novel theory explaining when and why the United States shifts from its modal response—pursuing limited measures—to address the killings more intensively.
Rothschild received her B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science from Boston College in 2011. At commencement, she was awarded the Finneran Commencement Award, the highest honor given to a graduating senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Donald S. Carlisle Award for outstanding achievement in political science, and the John McCarthy S.J. Award for the most distinguished "Scholar of the College" thesis the social sciences. As a student-athlete, she was twice named to the Division I Hockey East Academic All-Star Team.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm