Our Team

Mark C. Elliott | Vice Provost for International Affairs

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

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)

Shaira Kochubaeva | Assistant Provost for International Affairs

Senior Assistant Provost for International Affairs

As Assistant Provost for International Affairs, Shaira Kochubaeva supports the Provost’s efforts to expand Harvard’s global work. Among other tasks, Kochubaeva 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. 

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

Jessica McCann | Communications Officer

Email: jessica_mccann@harvard.edu 

Bailey Thaxton | Program Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost

Program Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost

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