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.
Steven Brooke is an associate at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a former postdoctoral research fellow (2015-2016). He is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Louisville. His research interests include Islamist movements, non-state social service provision, and electoral mobilization in both authoritarian and democratic contexts, and he is currently working on a book manuscript on the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's provision of social services from the interwar period through the current rule of Abdelfattah El-Sisi. One common theme is his use of new data sources and methodological techniques, such as spatial analysis and survey experiments, to generate new insights into these research agendas. His research has been supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Project on Middle East Political Science, and the Graduate School at the University of Texas at Austin. Steven holds a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, M.A. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and George Mason University, and a B.A. from James Madison University.Last Updated: Jan 11, 2017, 3:30pm