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Mark C. Elliott | Vice Provost for International Affairs

Vice Provost for International Affairs
Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History


Bio: Mark Elliott is Vice Provost of International Affairs at Harvard University and the Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and in the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

As Vice Provost, Elliott oversees and works to advance international academic initiatives, extending the global reach of Harvard’s research and teaching activities. In this capacity, Elliott serves as the University’s representative in negotiating agreements with foreign governments, receiving senior-level international delegations, and representing Harvard to peer institutions and alumni worldwide. In addition, he shares responsibility for supporting the community of international students, scholars, and faculty in Cambridge and Boston, as well as for guiding Harvard’s overall global strategy and sustaining its ongoing development as a global university.

Elliott is an authority on the last four centuries of Chinese history, in particular the Qing period (1636-1911). His research encompasses the history of relations between China and its nomadic frontier, with special attention to questions of ethnicity and empire. His first book, The Manchu Way, is a pioneering study in the “New Qing History,” an approach emphasizing the imprint of Inner Asian traditions upon China’s last imperial state. He is also the author of Emperor Qianlong: Son of Heaven, Man of the World, and has published more than twenty-five scholarly articles. He serves on numerous editorial boards, and was for three years the director of the Fairbank Center of Chinese Studies. He can be found on Twitter at @Mark_C_Elliott.

Contact: Assisted by Bailey Payne (bailey_payne@harvard.edu)

Alexandria King-Close | Project Manager

Project Manager


Bio: Alexandria King-Close manages a wide range of priority projects for the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs. These have included developing communications materials to promote Harvard’s international work; researching, compiling, and presenting data to inform and advise about various facets of Harvard’s global outlook; and facilitating with partners across the University and abroad on events and other collaborative activities. Previously, Alexandria served in the Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has also conducted field research in India, Tanzania, and at the UN on economic opportunity, and gender & armed conflict; and served as a political delegate to Japan and Venezuela. She has published and contributed to publications on the feminization of poverty, roles in artisanal mining communities, and cyber warfare. Alexandria earned her B.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Sociology, Women’s Studies, Global Cultures, and African Studies; and Master of Liberal Arts concentrating in International Relations at Harvard Extension School.

Contact: alexandria_king-close@harvard.edu, +1 617-384-5278

Bailey Payne | Program Coordinator and Executive Assistant

Program Coordinator and Executive Assistant
 

Contact: bailey_payne@harvard.edu, +1 617-495-0568

Todd Washburn | Senior Assistant Provost for International Affairs

Senior Assistant Provost for International Affairs


Bio: As Senior Assistant Provost for International Affairs, Todd Washburn supports the Provost’s efforts to expand Harvard’s global work. Among other tasks, Washburn helps Harvard Schools, centers, and faculty members negotiate agreements with international partners; advises faculty, students, and staff on Harvard policies and procedures as they relate to global teaching and research activities; reviews international research proposals in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research; staffs the University Committee on International Projects and Sites (UCIPS) and consults with faculty members who have business before the UCIPS; oversees the management of complex international activities; and assists the Vice Provost for International Affairs in oversight of Harvard’s international Inter-Faculty Initiatives. Washburn holds a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University.

Contact: todd_washburn@harvard.edu, +1 617-496-5974