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.
Sabrina Howell is interested in energy policy and economics, particularly the deployment of disruptive energy technologies in China and the U.S. She is currently a Ph.D. Student in the economics track of the Political Economy and Government program at the Kennedy School, and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She holds a B.A. with high honors in Economics and East Asian Studies from Yale University. After graduating from Yale in 2008, she taught sustainable development and energy economics at Hong Kong University and Zhejiang University in China while writing a book chapter on Chinese energy security in Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century. Subsequently, she worked in energy consulting for Charles River Associates in Houston, TX, and then as a Senior Policy Analyst at Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) in Washington, D.C., where she focused on U.S. transportation policy and electric vehicle deployment. Sabrina is proficient in Mandarin and French.Last Updated: Jan 10, 2017, 4:58pm