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.
Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl is a joint postdoctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative and its International Security Program, and a visiting assistant professor at Harvard Kennedy School. He is an assistant professor of politics at the University of Virginia (UVA). His research interests include the conduct of civil wars, the effect of external assistance on the dynamics of conflict, and politics, development, and economic growth in the Middle East.
Prior to joining the UVA faculty, he was a fellow in regional political economy at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. Schulhofer-Wohl's book manuscript examines the decision to continue fighting as a window into how simultaneous interactions between domestic actors and foreign states structure civil war processes. The book combines game-theoretic analysis with interviews of former commanders who participated in the civil war in Lebanon from 1975–1990, cross-country statistical evidence, and focused comparisons with other civil wars. While at the Kennedy School, Schulhofer-Wohl will be working on a second book project on the military interaction between civil war belligerents, with a core empirical focus on the Middle East through its use of disaggregated subnational data on Lebanon and Syria.Last Updated: May 23, 2017, 5:35pm