danilo petranovich, Ph.D. - Director

Dr. Petranovich is the Director of the Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Institute provides supplementary humanistic education to the Harvard intellectual community by exploring questions of deep human concern that cut across the boundaries of academic disciplines. 

Previously, Dr. Petranovich taught political science at Duke University and Yale University. His scholarly expertise is in nineteenth century European and American political and social thought. He is currently writing a book, contracted with Yale University Press, on nationalism and the North in antebellum America. 

He is frequently seen in Harvard’s Kirkland House, where he is a dedicated member of the Senior Common Room. 


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Emma Towne - Director of Operations

Emma serves AAI through management of the daily operations of the institute, including finances, bookkeeping, compliance, and program logistics.

Emma graduated from Northeast Catholic College in May 2019 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a major in Politics.  


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James A. CApuzzi - Marketing Director

James 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.

James graduated from Tulane University, where he concentrated in Classical Studies and Italian Language. He recently completed a Master's Degree in Sustainable Cultural Heritage from the American University of Rome.