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.
Davide Luca is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative. His research interests include political geography, distributive politics, development policy-making, and local and regional economic growth. At the Belfer Center, he plans to conduct research on the links between democratizing politics, state effectiveness, and economic development in post-2002 Turkey. Davide holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the London School of Economics. His thesis was awarded the 2016 G. Leonardi PhD Dissertation Prize and the 2014 G. Atalık Prize, both in regional science. Prior to joining MEI, he worked for the European Commission, consulted for the European Parliament, and co-wrote and developed an international social doc-film on transnational marriages. More information about Davide can be found on his webpage: www.davideluca.com.Last Updated: May 23, 2017, 5:37pm