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.
Mohammad Mostafavi-Dehzooei is an Associate at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative. He obtained his PhD in Economics from Virginia Tech in 2016. He holds a Masters in Economics (2011) and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering (2008) from Sharif University of Technology. Previously, he worked at the World Bank in 2015 and 2016. Mohammad's research has been in Development Economics, Labor Economics, and Economic Policy. His current research includes studying (i) the impacts of cash transfers program in Iran on poverty and labor supply decisions, (ii) Iraqi refugees and the labor market in the Middle East, and (iii) the effects of paid family leave laws on women's employment outcomes.Last Updated: Feb 27, 2017, 6:22pm