The Program on Global Society and Security (PGSS) supports the study of global security, broadly construed, at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. The central purposes of PGSS are to support and disseminate basic research on topics related to the security challenges facing the United States and other nations globally and to prepare scholars for positions in academia, research institutes, and government. In particular, PGSS provides a unique forum for interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars who work on traditional security topics (such as war, terrorism, and nuclear weapons) and those working on non-traditional topics (such as refugees, human trafficking, and food and water security). To those ends, the program awards predoctoral fellowships, supports the research of individual scholars, supports related teaching at Harvard University, publishes working papers, and convenes the PGSS Seminar for the presentation and discussion of cutting-edge research in the field.
Erez Manela, professor of history, is the program's director, and Ann Townes is the program coordinator. The program offices are located at 1727 Cambridge Street.