The Joint Centre for History and Economics is delighted to announce that Professor Sunil Amrith has been appointed as a Director of the Harvard Center. Professor Amrith is Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies and Professor of History at Harvard. He was a Prize Research Student at the Cambridge Centre in 2001-2002, and has been associated with the Centre ever since, both at Cambridge and at Harvard. His most recent book is Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants, and he is now writing a history of water and environmental change in South Asia. We welcome him most warmly.
David K. Richards (1939-2015) was a friend and adviser to the Joint Centre for History and Economics, at Cambridge and at Harvard, over many years. He was a participant in Centre events, a wonderful observer of economic history, and, with Carol Richards, an immensely generous supporter of the Centre's work. One of the many interviews with him, in Barron's, began, "Of all the people we interview, David Richards strikes the deepest chord with readers. His interviews seem to be the ones that get tacked to walls or saved in a desk drawer, treasures of insight and wisdom." We miss him greatly.
The Joint Centre for History and Economics is based at Magdalene College and King's College, University of Cambridge, and at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. It was established in 1991 to promote research and education in fields of importance for historians and economists, including the history of economic and social thought, economic history and the application of economic concepts to historical problems. The objective of the Centre is to encourage fundamental research in history, economics, and related disciplines. It also encourages the participation of historians and economists in addressing issues of public importance.