Program Affiliates

Harvard Faculty Affiliates


Michael Balboni

Michael Balboni, Ph.D., Th.M., M.Div, is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and a palliative care researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in theology from Boston University and completed post-doctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health and at Harvard Divinity School.  His work focuses on the incorporation of religious variables within social-scientific measurements and ways in which scientific data informs theology. Together with Dr. John Peteet, he recently edited Spirituality and Religion Within the Culture of Medicine, an exploration of the role that religion and spirituality play in various medical fields. He is currently writing a manuscript, co-authored with Tracy Balboni, entitled Hostility to Hospitality (Oxford University Press). The book explores the manifestations of spirituality and religion within the socialization processes and institutional structures experienced by medical professionals. Michael has recently completed a large research project on how clergy views on end-of-life care impact medical utilization and patient outcomes.

Arthur Brooks Arthur C. Brooks is Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Arthur C. Patterson Faculty Fellow at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in July of 2019, he served for ten years as president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a public policy think tank in Washington, DC. Brooks is the author of 11 books, including the national bestsellers “Love Your Enemies” (2019), “The Conservative Heart” (2015), and “The Road to Freedom” (2012). Prior to AEI, Brooks spent 10 years as a university professor, becoming a full professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and occupying the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government. During that time, Brooks published 60 peer-reviewed articles and several books, including the textbook “Social Entrepreneurship” (2008). Brooks is a columnist for the Washington Post, host of the podcast The Arthur Brooks Show, and subject of the 2019 documentary film “The Pursuit.” He gives more than 100 speeches per year around the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and serves on the board of the Legatum Institute, a think tank in London.
Laura Kubzansky Laura Kubzansky, Ph.D. is Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Society and Health Laboratory at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She also serves as co-Director of the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness and as co-Director of the JPB Environmental Health Fellowship Program. Dr. Kubzansky received her Ph.D. (social psychology) from the University of Michigan, and completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship in social epidemiology as well as obtained her M.P.H. at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kubzansky has published extensively on the role of psychological and social factors in health, with a particular focus on the effects of stress and emotion on heart disease. Other research projects and interests include a) studying the biological mechanisms linking emotions, social relationships, and health; b) relationships between early childhood environments, resilience, and healthy aging, and; c) how interactions between psychosocial stress and environmental exposures (e.g., lead, air pollution) may influence health.
Eileen McNeely Eileen McNeely, Ph.D., NP is Co-Director of the SHINE initiative within the Environmental Health department.  As part of SHINE, Eileen and her team connect business leadership with pioneering research to advance corporate sustainability with a focus on worker well-being. Eileen has extensive experience in the areas of environmental epidemiology, occupational and community health, health promotion and wellness programs, health services policy and management.  Her research is currently focused on work as a platform to improve well-being, putting people and health at the center of corporate sustainability and business culture. Her research is driven by combining mental, physical and psychosocial well-being metrics with business metrics such as retention, absenteeism, productivity, and performance to guide businesses to better understand the impact of the workplace culture on health.  
Matthew Potts Matthew Potts, Ph.D. is a member of the Harvard Divinity School. He studies the thought and practice of contemporary Christian communities through attention to diverse literary, theological, and liturgical texts. In particular, he seeks to analyze and interpret Christian ethical and sacramental practices while employing the resources of literature, literary theory, and Christian theology. His first book, Cormac McCarthy and the Signs of Sacrament: Literature, Theology, and the Moral of Stories (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015) uncovers in contemporary fiction a moral framework that is deeply indebted to traditions of Christian sacramental theology. His current book project examines the problems and possibilities of forgiveness through diverse and interdisciplinary readings of theory, theology, and literature. Other interests include theories of narrative, contemporary Anglican theology, postcolonial Christianity (especially in Japan), homiletics, and sacramental and liturgical theology.
Ashley Whillans Ashley Whillans, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit, teaching the Negotiations course to MBA students. Broadly, she studies how people navigate trade-offs between time and money. Her ongoing research investigates whether and how intangible incentives, such as experiential and time-saving rewards, affect employee motivation and well-being. In both 2015 and 2018, she was named a Rising Star of Behavioral Science by the International Behavioral Exchange and the Behavioral Science and Policy Association. In 2016, she co-founded the Department of Behavioral Science in the Policy, Innovation, and Engagement Division of the British Columbia Public Service. Her research has been published in numerous academic journals and popular media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.


Other Faculty Affiliates


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Manuel GuillenManuel Guillén, Ph.D.

Todd HallTodd Hall, Ph.D.

Byron Johnson BaylorByron Johnson, Ph.D.

Blake Victor KentBlake V. Kent, Ph.D.

Erik S Kim Photo SquareErik S. Kim, Ph.D.

Maya Mathur PhotoMaya Mathur, Ph.D.

Lawrence S Mayer photoLawrence S. Meyer, Ph.D.

Tayyab Rashid PhotoTayyab Rashid, Ph.D.

Koichiro ShibaKoichiro Shiba, Ph.D.

Celeste TorioCeleste Torio, Ph.D.

Brandon VaidyanathanBrandon Vaidyanathan, Ph.D.

Matthew F. WilsonMatthew F. Wilson, Ph.D.

Ev WorthingtonEverett Worthington, Ph.D.

DorotaDorotaWęziak-Białowolska, Ph.D  


Research Affiliates


Jonathan Beale, Ph.D.

Piotr Białowolski, Ph.D.

Ian M. Corbin

Donald Frederick, Ph.D.

Esther Salvador

Esther Galdón, M.A.

Ron Ivey

Tobias Kvist Stripp

Daniel Lage

Daniel E. Lage, M.D.

Travis Pickell

Travis Pickell, Ph.D.

Michael Pirson, Ph.D.

Ritchie Dunham

James Ritchie-Dunham,


Emiliana Rodríguez

Sophia Town

Sophia Town, Ph.D.

Ayse Yemiscigil

Ayse Yemiscigil, Ph.D.





Visiting Faculty



Jonathan Teubner





Student Research Affiliate


Former Visiting Faculty



Wojciech T. Kaftanski, Ph.D.
Spring 2020

Alvaro Lleo

Alvaro Lleo, Ph.D.
Spring 2020

Robert Gahl
Robert Gahl, Ph.D.
Fall 2019

Sharon Krishek
Sharon Krishek
Spring-Fall 2018

Bill English
William English
Spring 2017

Past Program Affiliates