IN A RECENT HARVARD CRIMSON article about how the University attracts top talent, Judith D. Singer, the senior vice provost for faculty development and diversity, described Radcliffe Professorships as an academic “secret weapon.”
As more leading minds join the Harvard faculty as Radcliffe Professors, the secret is becoming an open one. Tenured Radcliffe Professors and tenure-track Radcliffe Assistant or Associate Professors are fellows at the Institute during their first years on the Harvard faculty. The opportunity to focus on independent research while benefiting from student researchers and interaction with scholars, scientists, and artists across disciplines has recently brought three new and accomplished faculty members to Harvard as Radcliffe Professors.
The theoretical computer scientist Cynthia Dwork—who has made formative contributions in the fields of privacy, cryptography, and distributed computing—will become the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She will also hold a Radcliffe Alumnae Professorship at the Institute. Currently, she is a distinguished scientist at Microsoft Research in Silicon Valley.
Anthony (Tony) Jack recently earned a PhD in sociology from Harvard and will be a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows before joining the Harvard Graduate School of Education and becoming a Shutzer Assistant Professor at the Institute. His focus is on undergraduates from underprivileged backgrounds at elite universities, comparing graduates of distressed public high schools with alumni of boarding, day, and preparatory high schools.
Myrto Kalouptsidi will join the Department of Economics at Harvard as an assistant professor and become the Stanley A. Marks and William H. Marks Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute. She comes to Harvard from Princeton University, and her fields of concentration are applied microeconomics and international trade, especially protectionism in the shipping industry. When all of these scholars arrive in Cambridge, they will bring the total number of Radcliffe Professors to 15 since the program’s inception and will soon be joined by more.