The Eugene P. Beard Fellowship supports outstanding Harvard graduate students from any school within Harvard who are writing dissertations or are engaged in major research on topics in practical ethics, especially ethical issues in areas such as architecture, business, education, government, law, medicine, public health, public policy, and religion. For the next three years, beginning in 2015-16, one Graduate Fellow with outstanding scholarship in the field of practical ethics will be named the Eugene P. Beard Fellow in Ethics.
The 2018-19 Eugene P. Beard Fellow in Ethics is Elettra Bietti, an SJD student at Harvard Law School and an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Her thesis focuses on information gatekeepers such as Facebook and Google. She is currently exploring these companies' moral and legal obligations towards individuals through a methodology drawn from political theory and public law, considering them as sites of contestation, in which new interests and forms of social organization demand for a reconfiguration of individual rights, entitlements, and obligations.
The 2017-18 Eugene P. Beard Fellow in Ethics was Marianne Potvin, a PhD candidate in Architecture and Urban Planning. Her primary interests lie at the intersection of humanitarian aid and the creation of inclusive and just cities. Potvin's dissertation will consider the challenges to humanitarian legitimacy that arise when aid actors go from protecting individual lives to increasingly engaging with urban politics and urban systems.
The 2016-17 Eugene P. Beard Fellow in Ethics was Kelsey Berry, a PhD candidate in Health Policy, concentrating in Ethics. Her primary interest is justice and health resource allocation. Berry's dissertation will consider the role of vulnerability in the allocation of health resources, where vulnerability is defined as poor integration of a person or group into the institutional or relational features of a society.
The 2015-16 Eugene P. Beard Fellow in Ethics was Zeynep Pamuk, a PhD candidate in Government. Her research interests are in democratic theory, theories of authority and sovereignty, the philosophy of science and social science, and social epistemology. Pamuk’s dissertation is about the role of experts in democratic societies, with a focus on issues that involve the translation and use of science in political decisions.
This named fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Eugene Beard, a long-time supporter of the Center. Beard also sponsored the first-named Graduate Fellows in Ethics from 1996-2001 and the Eugene P. Beard Faculty Fellowships from 2001-2007.