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.
Vera Mironova is a pre-doctoral research fellow in the Belfer Center's International Security Program and a Ph.D. candidate in political science at University of Maryland. Her research explores individual-level behavior in conflict environments. Her doctoral dissertation examines the labor market for rebel recruitment in the Syrian civil war using surveys of fighters on the front lines (including members of Al Qaeda and ISIS). She is looking at why people fight, how they chose a particular group to join, and why some decide to quit. In addition to Syria, she hasconducted fieldwork in conflicts in Yemen, Iraq, Ukraine, D.R. Congo, Kosovo, Croatia, and Bosnia.
Her academic papers have been published in the American Economics Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Experimental Political Science, and Journal of Conflict Resolution (forthcoming). Her writings and commentaries have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, the New Republic and the National Interest, among others.Last Updated: Jan 11, 2017, 3:18pm