Faculty Panelists

Amar Bhidé, A83, F84, A15P
Thomas Schmidheiny Professor
Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
Tufts University

Amar Bhidé is the author of A Call for Judgment: Sensible Finance for a Dynamic Economy published by Oxford University Press in 2010. His 2008 book, The Venturesome Economy: How Innovation Sustains Prosperity in a More Connected World, (Princeton University Press 2008) won the Association of American Publishers’ PROSE Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence in Business, Finance, and Management, and was in the “Best of 2008” lists of the Economist, BusinessWeek and Barrons. Bhidé also authored The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses (Oxford 2000), and Of Politics and Economic Reality (Basic Books 1984).

Bhidé is a founding member of the Center on Capitalism and Society and spearheaded the launch of its eponymous journal, Capitalism and Society (published by the Berkeley Electronic Press) which he now edits (with Prof. Edmund Phelps). He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Bhidé was previously the Laurence D. Glaubinger Professor of Business at Columbia University. He served on the faculties of Harvard Business School (from 1988 to 2000) and the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. A former Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company and proprietary trader at E.F. Hutton, Bhidé served on the staff of the Brady Commission which investigated the stock market crash. Bhidé earned a DBA (1988) and an MBA with high distinction as a Baker Scholar (1979) from Harvard. He received a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1977.

Bhidé, who has been studying innovation and entrepreneurship for more than twenty years also has several publications in the areas of strategy, finance and firm governance. His ten Harvard Business Review articles include “The Judgment Deficit”, “Efficient Markets, Deficient Governance,” “How entrepreneurs craft strategies that work,” “Bootstrap Finance: the Art of Start-ups,” and “Hustle as Strategy.” His work on financial markets and governance includes “The Hidden Costs of Stock Market Liquidity” in the Journal of Financial Economics and articles in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. He has written numerous articles in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Forbes, the Financial Times and The LA Times.

Leila Fawaz
Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies
Director, Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies
Tufts University

From 1996 to 2001, Leila Fawaz served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Jackson College, and Associate Dean of the Faculty. Fawaz also served as chair of the Department History at Tufts University. She holds a dual appointment as Professor of Diplomacy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Professor of History at Tufts University.

Fawaz has served as president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and of the Alumni Association in North America of the American University of Beirut. Her editorial posts have included editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) and editorial board positions with the American Historical Review, IJMES, the British Middle East Studies Association Review, and others. She is a Carnegie Scholar, an Overseer at Harvard University, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Comité Scientifique of the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme at the Université de Provence. She is editor of a series at Columbia University Press, serves on the Advisory Board of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, and chairs the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars Fulbright Review Committee. At various times, she served on committees of the Social Science Research Council, the Steering Committee of the European Science Foundation, and as delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies. She also was also Visiting Professor at the University of Provence.

Her research interests include the social and political history of the modern Middle East, including the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire. Her publications include Modernity and Culture: From the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean (co-editor, 2002); An Occasion for War: Ethnic Conflict in Mount Lebanon and Damascus in 1860 (1994); and Merchants and Migrants in Nineteenth-Century Beirut (1983). As Carnegie Scholar, Fawaz will work next on “The Experience of War: Muslims in the Middle East and South Asia, 1914-1920.”

Vali Nasr
Professor of International Politics
Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
Tufts University

Nasr is an Iranian-American political commentator and scholar of contemporary Islam. Born in Iran, Nasr and his family immigrated to the United States following the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Nasr received a BA from Tufts University in 1981 and a masters from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1984. He earned his PhD from MIT in political science in 1991.

Known for his view that wars within Islam will shape the future, Nasr has testified before Congress and has advised the President and Vice-President regarding sectarian violence in Iraq. Nasr is the author The Shia Revival, Democracy in Iran, and The Islamic Leviathan.

He has taught at the University of San Diego and the Naval Postgraduate School, and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard and Professor of International Politics at Tufts. A Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Nasr has been published in Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, Time, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among others. He is an editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Islam and has appeared on CNN, the BBC, National Public Radio, and not least of all The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.

Updated February 21, 2012