Claudine Gay, a Harvard professor of government and African and African American Studies, and a distinguished scholar of mass political behavior, has been appointed dean of social science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
The Digital Lab for the Social Sciences is designed to serve as an online clearinghouse where social scientists can find study participants.
Nice guys can finish first — a new paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has found that complex social networks like those of everyday life encourage members to be friendlier and more cooperative, with the possible payoff coming in an expanded social sphere. The study said selfish behavior can lead to an individual being shunned from the group and left — literally — on his or her own.
“Technology proposes itself an architect of our intimacies,” explained Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Sherry Turkle to an engrossed audience May 14 at the Harvard University Extension School.
In his latest book, professor emeritus Jerome Kagan examines the temperaments of babies and how they can be predictors of adult behaviors.
Harvard authors who met years ago through social networking produce the book “Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives.”
Radcliffe Fellow and anthropologist Heather Paxson is studying small artisanal cheese operations as “ecologies of production” that are both commercial and moral.
The undergraduates who gather around the seminar table at 61 Kirkland St. have a lot on their minds. Not just final papers, athletic matches, and music performances, but a range of issues that run far beyond the daily stresses of college: Refugee resettlement. Human trafficking. Child soldiers. These human rights issues — along with many others — are the challenges that have inspired this group of passionate students to add another course to their jam-packed schedules.
In the Harvard community and worldwide, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study is known for interdisciplinary ventures and for providing an ideal environment for incubating creative ideas and discoveries. To enhance its programs, the Radcliffe Institute has appointed several faculty leaders who will help spur new multidisciplinary collaborations in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.
More than three decades of championing better opportunities for women has yielded critical changes, but there is still work to be done.
In Stephen Ansolabehere’s sunlit, minimalist Cambridge Street office, there’s a wide, wall-high shelf of books — not a remarkable circumstance for a Harvard professor.