“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Gretchen M. Bartlett is the Senior Associate Director for the Technology and Public Purpose Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and the Area Manager for International & Global Affairs (IGA) at the Kennedy School. In her Technology and Public Purpose role, she works with Belfer Center Director Ash Carter in his research work; in her IGA role, she helps IGA faculty chair William Clark develop, implement and evaluate the IGA teaching area by providing strategic advice, managing operations and advising students.
Between 2001 and 2009, Gretchen served as the Associate Director of the Preventive Defense Project, a research collaboration of HKS and Stanford University co-directed by Ash Carter and former Secretary of Defense William Perry. With his return to the Belfer Center in July 2017, former Secretary of Defense Carter has asked Gretchen to again head his research effort at Harvard and help with the transition from Washington, D.C. to Cambridge, MA.
A Wellesley magna cum laude double major in Political Science and French, and Harvard Extension graduate with an ALM in Management, Gretchen's background also includes eight years of studying, teaching, and working in southern France (Aix-en-Provence). In Boston, she has worked for the Quebec government promoting economic exchanges between New England and Quebec; the French Library and Cultural Center programming cultural events; and World Learning directing high school foreign exchange programs. Having spent six years managing her alma mater's junior year-abroad program in Aix-en-Provence early in her career, and now 20 years at Harvard, Gretchen's daily interactions with students and faculty alike continue to challenge and motivate her.Last Updated: Feb 8, 2018, 11:44am