Harvard's Institute of Politics Announces Fall Fellows

Contact: Esten Perez
Phone: (617) 496-4009
Date: July 10, 2012

Cambridge, MA – Harvard’s Institute of Politics, located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, today announced the selection of an experienced group of individuals for Resident and Visiting Fellowships this fall. Over the course of an academic semester, Resident Fellows interact with students, participate in the intellectual life of the Harvard community and lead weekly study groups on a wide variety of issue areas. Visiting Fellows join the Institute for a shorter period and maximize their time meeting with students, faculty and Harvard research center staff.

“Our staff and students are looking forward to hosting and learning from our fall Fellows,” said Harvard's Institute of Politics Director Trey Grayson. “This accomplished group of public servants with significant experience on a wide range of issues will captivate and inspire the leaders of tomorrow here at Harvard.”

The following Resident Fellows will join the Institute for the fall semester and lead weekly study groups on a range of topics:

John Carr, executive director for justice, peace and human development, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Jim Doyle, former governor (2003-11) and attorney general (1991-2003) of Wisconsin

Nina Easton, senior editor and Washington columnist, Fortune magazine

Mark McKinnon, co-founder, No Labels; chief media advisor to President George W. Bush; vice chair, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Brett O’Donnell, president, O'Donnell and Associates, Ltd; chief strategist, Bachmann for President campaign; director of messaging, McCain-Palin campaign

Sonal Shah, deputy assistant to the President and director, White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation (March 2009-August 2011)

In addition, George Papandreou, prime minister of Greece (Oct. 2009 – Nov. 2011) will join the Institute as a Visiting Fellow this fall. Visiting Fellows traditionally meet with student groups; lead discussion groups on topical issues and their experiences in public and political service; and participate in public policy classes with students and Harvard University faculty.

The Fellows program is central to the Institute’s dual commitment to encourage student interest in public life and to increase interaction between the academic and political communities.

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