Dear friends of the Center for History and Economics,
I am both honored and excited to write to you as the new Director of the Center for History and Economics. As I step into this role, I am profoundly inspired by the mission and vision that our center embodies – a mission that is not just ambitious but essential in the world we live in today.
In a time when the world faces unprecedented challenges, it is more important than ever for social scientists to step forward and tackle the pressing issues that affect our society. The complex and profound challenges we face – from climate change to the rise of disruptive technologies to geopolitical risks – require us to transcend the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. Many of these issues today carry historical importance and resemblances, and our Center is uniquely positioned to serve as a catalyst for groundbreaking and rigorous research that cuts across history, economics, and political science.
I am committed to fostering an environment where creative and interdisciplinary research flourishes. We will continue to explore new research areas and sub-fields, encouraging dialogues that extend beyond the confines of our individual academic disciplines. Together, we will push the boundaries of knowledge and bring fresh perspectives to the challenges that shape our times.
One of our primary goals is to support scholars and students, especially those in the younger generation, to embark on these research opportunities. I believe in the power of vibrant academic community, of close mentorship and collaboration, and I am excited to work alongside each of you to nurture the talents and passions of the next generation of social scientists.
As I write this, I fondly remember the formative period I spent at the Center as a Prize Fellow a few years ago. I am deeply committed to making the Center – a platform, a community, and a family – one of the most exciting places to conduct research in political economy and economic history.
Co-director, Center for History and Economics
Professor, Department of Economics
Center for History and Economics, 1730 Cambridge Street, S-422, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138