News@E40 | 2022

John Tirman


August 21, 2022

John Tirman, CIS executive director and scholar, dies at 72

The Center shares with deep sadness that our valued colleague and dear friend, John Tirman, passed away on the morning of August 19, 2022, after suffering cardiac arrest. Since 2004, Tirman served as the executive director of and principal research scientist at the MIT Center for International Studies. During this time, he was a prolific and thoughtful—but always modest—leader of many of the Center’s initiatives. 

Guest attending the Robert E Wilhelm Event at CIS


June 9, 2022

CIS honors Robert E Wilhelm ’62, founding supporter of its distinguished fellows program

Michelle EnglishCIS

CIS recently welcomed Robert Wilhelm, and his wife Gena Whitten, to campus to express our gratitude for his ongoing support for its most distinguished fellows program and to inaugurate a new conference room named in his honor. 

Fireworks display


May 27, 2022

CIS congratulates the graduates

Center for International Studies

Among those who graduated from the Department of Political Science this year were eight graduate students focused on international relations and security studies.

Globe on a table, with someone on a laptop in the background


April 11, 2022

CIS awards 17 summer study grants

Seventeen doctoral students in international affairs at MIT were awarded summer study grants. Each will receive up to $3,500. Eleanor Freund was awarded the third annual Guillemin prize.  “The awards were made to an outstanding cohort of MIT students from across the Institute. We're so pleased that the appeal of these grants has broadened and students are responding,” said John Tirman, CIS executive director and principal research scientist.

Mariya Ginberg speaking in a panel discussion, next to Taylor Fravel and Carol Saivetz


March 7, 2022

Understanding the war in Ukraine with MIT SSP

“Understanding the War in Ukraine” is a special seminar presented by MIT's Security Studies Program held on March 2, 2022. Participants in the panel discussion and subsequent Q&A were: Mariya Grinberg, a professor of Political Science at MIT; Barry Posen, a professor of Political Science at MIT; Carol Saivetz, a special adviser to MIT SSP; Elizabeth Wood, a Russia specialist and professor of History at MIT; moderated by M Taylor Fravel, director of MIT SSP.

Green outline of globe with Africa highlighted in red, yellow triangle in background


March 2, 2022

MIT x TAU webinar series returns for its second year

CIS and the MIT Africa Program has partnered with TRUE Africa University (TAU) to host its second annual webinar series focusing on various aspects of sustainable development in Africa.  Starting March 3 for seven weeks on Thursdays at NOON ET, TAU founder, MIT alumnus, and CIS research affiliate Claude Grunitzky, will interview the thinkers, shapers and doers who he sees as the inventors of the future of Africa.

person typing on laptop with a globe on the desk in the foreground


January 21, 2022

Call for applications for summer study fellowship and Guillemin prize

Doctoral students in international affairs may apply for summer support for dissertation research. Research on a broad range of international issues will be considered. Support may be requested either for fieldwork and/or archival research, or for home-based research and write-up. The CIS Summer Study Fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral students in international affairs, regardless of home department.