danilo petranovich, Ph.D. - Director

Dr. Danilo Petranovich is responsible for the Institute's strategic planning. developing its intellectual mission and academic programming, cultivating faculty and student partners, and contributor outreach in the greater New England area. Dr. Petranovich received his BA from Harvard and his PhD in Political Science from Yale. He taught courses in political theory, social thought, and the humanities at Duke and at Yale. His expertise is in nineteenth century European and American political thought. 

Dr. Petranovich is also a dedicated member of Harvard's Kirkland House Senior Common Room



Anne Knechtges - Director of Operations

Anne Knechtges graduated from Northeast Catholic College in May of 2015, majoring in Liberal Arts. Ms. Knechtges directs the day-to-day operations of the Institute, including event planning, financial reimbursements, student and faculty engagement, and website design and maintenance.


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Desmond A. Conway - Community Relations Fellow

Desmond is charged with promoting the Institute’s mission and programs by maintaining existing Institute networks and creating new opportunities for growth within and outside of the Cambridge community.

Desmond graduated from Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua in the Republic of Panama, where he studied Law and Political Science. More recently, he graduated from Harvard Law School with a Master of Laws