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.
Trevor Johnston is an associate at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a former postdoctoral research fellow. He is currently the Associate Social Scientist, Defense and Political Sciences Department, RAND Corporation. Trevor studies the political economy of authoritarianism and conflict in the Middle East. Focusing on the Arabian Gulf, his work explores the welfare of migrant populations and their access to basic goods and services. He is broadly interested in the effects of economic and immigration policies on conflict dynamics across authoritarian regimes. Trevor holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm