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.
Julia Martin is the Research and Financial Coordinator at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative (MEI) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Prior to joining MEI, she worked at the Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) Secretariat based at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at HKS. She holds a Master’s of Theological Studies (2010) from Harvard Divinity School, where she focused her coursework on Judaism and Islam. While in graduate school, Julia worked at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society (formerly the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations) under both the Humanitarian & Development NGOs and Justice and Human Rights programs. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in religious studies (2007) at Florida State University, where she also minored in studio art. Julia has studied various ancient and modern Semitic languages over the years, and is currently learning Egyptian dialect.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm