Top 'News from Watson' stories of 2021

Between the January 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was an eventful year – but not all the news was bad. Below are the year’s top 10 news stories from the Watson Institute.

10. Watson Welcomes Its Largest-ever MPA Cohort
The Watson Institute’s one-year master of public affairs program saw a 58% increase in new students in 2021, due in large part to policy issues laid bare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

9. New Military Fellows Program Launches
Established in 2019 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the one-year program seeks to create a bridge between the military and the academy.

8. Watson Welcomes Its Newest Postdoctoral Fellows
Eight rising scholars arrived at Watson, including the inaugural Historical Injustice and Democracy Postdoctoral Research Associate, a position created jointly by Watson and the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice.

7. The Dark Side of Extreme Wealth
A new initiative funded by the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation was established to explore the effects of inequality and great wealth on democratic institutions. 

6. New Leadership in the New Year
Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs Susan Moffitt will become director of Watson’s Master of Public Affairs on January 1, 2022.

5. Seeing Silicon Valley Exhibition by Photographer Mary Beth Meehan
Eight massive banners were installed on the building at 111 Thayer Street and seven large prints hang in Stephen Robert ’62 Hall, at 280 Brook Street. 

4. How to Teach Climate Change
Watson’s Climate Solutions Lab created a syllabus bank where social-science professors can share syllabi.

3. Watson Undergraduate Awards, Grants, and Prizes
A list of the many students who received funding and honors.

2. Bridging Theory and Practice
Watson’s new cohort of senior fellows led study groups to help students connect research to real-world problems.

1. Watson Experts Weigh in on U.S. Capitol Attack
Economists, political scientists, and policy experts offered their perspectives on what just happened.