News@E40 | 2018



November 30, 2018

Human Rights & Technology Fellows announced for 2018-19

In its inaugural year, the Human Rights & Technology Program has awarded six research fellowships to MIT undergraduates.  Their projects are expansive, and include field work in Africa and South Asia and a variety of topics.  Four of them in different ways address the human right to health care or healthy environments and how technology can ensure good outcomes. 


October 22, 2018

MIT ICC cultural resources


MISTI is promoting cross-cultural communication with the MIT International Coordinating Committee, communicating MIT’s cultural diversity on campus and across the world through video

Eight IdentityX Ambassadors gathered at SPXCE Intercultural Center to discuss their international experiences. Standing: David Rich, Gabrielle "Gabby" Ballard; middle row: Carrie Watkins, Luisa Fernanda Apolaya Torres, Yara Jabbour Al Maalouf; front row: Enriko Kurtz Granadoz Chavez, Trang Luu, Johnson Huynh.


October 15, 2018

Starting new conversations about identity abroad

Madeline Smith | Michelle EnglishMIT News

New MISTI programs provide a platform for student dialogue on diversity in international travel, study, and work.

Standing, left to right: Justin Leahey, MIT-Germany program manager; David Dolev, MISTI assistant director; Markus Buehler, MIT-Germany faculty director, professor, and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Ulrich Steinbach, deputy minister of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts; Wolfgang Holtkamp, senior advisor if international affairs at the University of Stuttgart. Seated: Wolfram Ressel, professor and rector of the University of Stuttgart.


October 12, 2018

MIT-Germany and the University of Stuttgart extend cooperation

Lily KeyesMIT News

Representatives from the MIT-Germany Program and the University of Stuttgart (USTUTT) recently came together to formally extend a strategic partnership first created in 2015. Collaboration extends opportunities for faculty seed funds, internship opportunities, and a Global Teaching Labs program through 2020.


October 4, 2018

The Move: Civic innovators help restore democracy

The Move is a new initiative out of MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning that features weekly podcasts, blog posts, and more from the civic innovators at democracy’s front lines.  Join the conversation at The initiative is funded in part by the Center’s International Policy Lab and MIT’s Office of Open Learning.  



October 1, 2018

MISTI radio

The radio show is a platform for students to reflect on their experiences abroad. MISTI Radio is an MIT program about the world, for the world. Assistant Professor Admir Masic and the MISTI students who worked with Syrian refugees in Jordan this summer are featured. (The program starts a few minutes into audio recording.)


September 21, 2018

New fellowship program in human rights and technology

The Center announces a new fellowship program in human rights and technology, and invites proposals from MIT undergraduates. The program will support students’ research, participation in a working group, and other activities. Proposals are due October 29 by 5 PM.

Henry Luce Foundation


September 11, 2018

Luce fellowship deadline Oct 19

Friday, October 19, is the deadline for the Luce Scholars Program. Young scholars from a variety of intellectual fields will be placed in internships throughout Asia. Candidates must have no prior experience in the region. More information

Posing with a panoramic view of Machu Picchu in Peru are (l-r) PhD student Paloma Gonzalez, Associate Professor Takehiko Nagakura, and two MIT graduate students.  Photo courtesy of MISTI


August 28, 2018

MIT team digitizes Machu Picchu

Eduardo Rivera | Lily KeyesMIT News

A laboratory team from the MIT Department of Architecture, led by Professor Takehiko Nagakura and PhD student Paloma Gonzales, has been working on the MISTI Global Seed Fund Machu Picchu Design Heritage project since 2016. "We believe that…the digitalization of architectural monuments is key to the preservation of the cultural heritage of humanity.”

“Science is a way to connect with people around the world. There are no national boundaries; it's like a more unified network of people working on problems and discussing them,” says Associate Professor Jessika Trancik.  Image: Jared Charney


August 15, 2018

Shaping technology’s future

David L. ChandlerMIT News

With data-informed models, Jessika Trancik seeks ways to coax progress toward sustainable energy systems. Trancik is a co-faculty director of the Center’s International Policy Lab.

Noelle Eckley Selin and Ken Oye


August 10, 2018

Selin and Oye win 2018 Martore Teaching Award

The Joseph A Martore Award for Excellence in Teaching in IDSS was awarded to two faculty members for 2018: Noelle Selin and Ken Oye. Oye is director of the Center’s Program on Emerging Technologies.

German castle


August 7, 2018

MIT-Germany partners with Friedrich Alexander University

Lily KeyesMIT News

“As the MIT-Germany program grows, many new opportunities for collaborations will emerge, and create synergies between FAU and MIT, spanning the spectrum from teaching to cutting edge research,” says Markus Buehler, MIT-Germany faculty director and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


July 30, 2018

MIT-Japan goes full STEAM ahead

The MIT-Japan Program and Tohoku University's Science Angels recently held their second annual collaborative education program for children, appropriately titled Lets STEAM! The one-day event aims to encourage children — especially girls — to pursue their interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

MIT European Club Board members celebrate with their prize. Left to right: treasurer Karine Ip Kiun Chong, Michel Nasilowski, president Giulio Alighieri, vice president Susanna Bächle, social chair Xiaoyu Wu, and events co-chair Saviz Mowlavi.


July 20, 2018

MIT European Club leads in giving back

Lily KeyesMIT News

The MIT European Club has donated $40,000 to fund 10 new MISTI European Fellows this summer. Not only is it of the most substantial gifts given by a student group to the MIT community, it also marks the 10th anniversary of a successful partnership.

Robert Murray


July 9, 2018

Celebrating Robert Murray, a colleague and friend

The Center hosted a retirement party for Robert Murray on June 28. Bob, as he was known at CIS, served as the Center’s administrative officer for seventeen years. The event was as celebratory as it was poignant.


June 11, 2018

Popular videos from our Starr Forum video archive

Check out some of our most watched event videos — it's a great way to stay informed on important issues.  Watch them anytime on our YouTube channel.

New AO for CIS, John Congdon


June 7, 2018

CIS welcomes new administrative officer

The Center is pleased to welcome John Congdon as its new administrative officer. He comes to MIT from the UMass Medical School, where he worked as the administrative manager in the Office of Faculty Affairs.

MISTI logo


June 7, 2018

MISTI is...

Lily KeyesYouTube

Faces of MIT: On the last day of class, students finish the statement, "MISTI is..."

MIT building with columns


June 6, 2018

CIS congratulates the graduates

The Center congratulates the Class of 2018 from its Security Studies Program. Lena Andrews, Marika Landau-Wells, and Timothy Wright each received a PhD in political science at MIT.  We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

Celebrating a new MIT-Belgium partnership: (standing, l to r) Vincent Blondel, April Julich Perez, Molly Schneider, Cathy Culot, and Peter Lievens; (seated, l to r) Richard Lester and Luc Sels.


June 5, 2018

Unity makes strength: MIT expands ties with Belgium

MIT News

A new partnership between MIT and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Flanders, Belgium, seeks to build bridges between researchers at both institutions, and between the Dutch and French-speaking regions of Belgium. 

Khatuna Burkadze


May 31, 2018

A conversation about cybersecurity issues

Khatuna Burkadze has been a Fulbright scholar at the MIT Center for International Studies (CIS) for the past academic year. While at MIT, she implemented a project on cybersecurity issues and shares about her work in the following interview.

precis spring 2018


May 29, 2018

Spring 2018 CIS newsletter

précis, the Center’s newsletter, covers the wide range of Center activities and tracks the accomplishments of our faculty, researchers and affiliates. It is published twice yearly, once during each academic semester. The spring 2018 issue is now available.


May 2, 2018

CIS awards 16 summer study grants

Sixteen doctoral students in international affairs at MIT were awarded summer study grants. Each will receive up to $3,500. “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.

SSP director, Barry Posen, the panel (Jim Walsh, Taylor Fravel, and Vipin Narang)


April 26, 2018

SSP panel on North Korea in DC

The MIT Security Studies Program held a special seminar in Washington, DC, on April 26. More than sixty people attended the talk, The Nuclear Crisis with North Korea at the National Press Club. Chaired by SSP director, Barry Posen, the panel (Jim Walsh, Taylor Fravel, and Vipin Narang) discussed the current issues and answered questions from the crowd.

Sarah Zukerman Daly


April 25, 2018

Sarah Zukerman Daly receives Carnegie fellowship

Sarah Zukerman Daly, who received her PhD in political science at MIT, is a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow recipient. She is assistant professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. Her work is focused on civil wars and peace-building, democratic elections, organized crime, and ethnic politics.

Many MIT faculty members, such as Jessika Trancik (pictured above presenting her research on energy technologies in Davos, Switzerland), look to the MIT International Policy Lab for assistance in translating their findings into the language of policy. Photo: World Economic Forum, 2017


April 24, 2018

The final yard

Mark WolvertonSpectrum

The International Policy Lab (IPL) was set up within CIS to help make the leap from the lab bench or seminar blackboard to the halls of Congress or a decision-maker’s desk. It started out as something of an experiment but it’s flourishing: the number of proposals submitted has roughly doubled each year. 

Washington DC


April 24, 2018

Seminar XXI: Educating our leaders

Mark WolvertonSpectrum

Since 1984, the Seminar XXI program has provided 2,100 military and civilian fellows with policy training through a series of sessions held in the DC area. The program not only brings in faculty from MIT but is also able to tap into resident expertise of the Beltway.

 Pelkins Ajanoh, Kristen Frombach, Matthew Chun, Samantha Amey-Gonzalez


April 19, 2018

MISTI Excellence Awards

MISTI held its annual awards ceremony on April 19 at the Samberg Conference Center. The awardees and the respective categories for this year are: MIT-Japan’s Samantha Amey-Gonzalez (Biology, 2018) who received the Ambassador Award, MIT-France's Kristen Frombach (Biological Engineering, 2019) who received the Achievement Award, and MIT-France's Pelkins Ajanoh (Mechanical Engineering, 2018) and MIT-Israel and MIT-India's Matthew Chun (Mechanical Engineering and Management Science, 2018) who both received the Suzanne Berger Award for Future Global Leaders.

  PhD Candidates Rachel Esplin Odell and Meicen Sun  Images: Daniel DeKadt


April 11, 2018

Odell, Sun awarded fellowships

Rachel Odell and Meicen Sun have each been awarded a Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship. Awards are granted to support PhDdissertation research in international relations.

Taylor Fravel, associate professor of political science, a member of the Security Studies Program, and acting director of the MIT Center for International Studies, gave welcoming remarks


April 10, 2018

CIS hosts consuls general meeting

The Center hosted Boston-area consuls general for a foreign policy briefing by our faculty and scholars. Local journalists were also invited as a means to gather background information on pressing issues. Fourteen consuls and four journalists attended the April 10 event at the Samberg conference center.

Paul Heer


April 4, 2018

Research recap with Paul Heer

Research Recap highlights recent work that is being done at MIT's Center for International Studies. This episode features 2015-2016 CIS Robert E Wilhelm fellow Paul Heer, discussing his book Mr. X and the Pacific: George F. Kennan and American Policy in East Asia.

The U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD-22) underway conducting an underway recovery test for NASA's Orion crew module.


March 29, 2018

MIT PhD candidates tour USS San Diego

A group of 19 students and faculty from the MIT Security Studies Program toured the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego. The participants also received information about the ship's amphibious and air missions and capabilities from technical experts.

Dominiquo “Niquo” Santistevan


March 9, 2018

2017 MIT graduate awarded Luce fellowship

Congratulations to MIT graduate Dominiquo “Niquo” Santistevan for receiving a Henry Luce fellowship.  He was among 162 outstanding candidates nominated by 73 colleges and universities across the US. Only 18 scholars were awarded the fellowship, which is offered by the Henry Luce Foundation.



March 9, 2018

IPL completed 3rd annual call for proposals

The IPL received a record-breaking 42 proposals from 31 principal investigators representing all five schools at MIT. The committee chose 10 projects for full support. In an effort to assist as many PIs as possible with policy outreach, the majority of the remaining projects received partial support, with only six projects deemed too early to begin engagement with policy makers.

Ben Ross Schneider


February 14, 2018

CIS sponsors politics of development series

Ben Ross Schneider, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT Brazil Program, is a co-editor of a new CIS-sponsored series on the politics of development called Cambridge Elements. The first of several forthcoming books is available for free (for a limited time) through Cambridge University Press.

IPL faculty director Chappell Lawson


February 2, 2018

IPL offers public policy communication training

The MIT International Policy Lab brought to campus a professional science communication organization, COMPASS, to conduct a day-long training for faculty.

GSL-Peru students April Baker of MIT Sloan (left) and Dalitso Banda of EECS give a talk at Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC).


February 1, 2018

MISTI Global Startup Labs celebrates 18 years

Caroline KnoxMIT News

Initially launched as a pilot program in Kenya, MISTI GSL now offers projects in 10 countries. MIT students travel abroad to help other students launch tech-based companies.