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Each semester Harvard's Institute of Politics brings in a new class of diverse, accomplished practitioners from politics and public service to interact and engage with Harvard University students and the Cambridge community. Resident Fellows live on campus for the semester and hold weekly "study groups" where attendees are given the opportunity to learn from and discuss current topics with Fellows and Fellows' guests.

Meet the spring 2013 class of Resident Fellows:


Charlie Cook

Charlie Cook is a political analyst for The National Journal and the editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report, a non-partisan report that analyzes campaign races for the US House of Representatives, the US Senate, Governor, President and other political trends. Before the 2012 presidential election, Charlie Cook visited Harvard's Institute of Politics and predicted a win for President Barack Obama.

Follow the Cook Political Report on Twitter @CookPolitical.



Ambassador Karen Hughes

Ambassador Karen Hughes is the Worldwide Vice Chair of Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm. She served as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from 2005 to 2007 and as counselor to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002. Hughes was also the Director of George W. Bush's campaign for Texas governor in 1994.





Steve Kerrigan

Steve Kerrigan was the CEO of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee and President and CEO of the Presidential Inaugural Committee in 2013. Prior to his work for the DNC, Kerrigan co-founded and served as President of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and services to families of military personnel with Massachusetts ties who lost their lives during service to the U.S. since September 11, 2001.

Follow Steve Kerrigan on Twitter @stevekerrigan.



John Murray

John Murray is the former Deputy Chief of Staff to US House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Founder and President of the YG Action Fund Super PAC and the YG Network, an advocacy non-profit aimed at supporting center-right policies and those who fight for those policies. Murray's background focuses on health care policy and communications.





Governor Beverly Perdue 

Governor "Bev" Perdue most recently served as Governor of North Carolina from 2009 to 2013 and Lieutenant Governor from 2001 to 2009. She began her career in the 1980's serving in the North Carolina House of Representatives. As Governor of North Carolina, Perdue oversaw disaster relief efforts from Hurricane Katrina and worked towards expansion of public school education.





Keith Richburg

Keith Richburg is a well-accomplished and respected journalist, serving as New York Bureau Chief for The Washington Post from 2007 to 2009 and China correspondent from 2009 to 2013. Richburg is known for his coverage of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the fall of Jean-Claude Duvalier in Haiti in 1986. He is the author of Out of America, in which he discusses his experience covering stories in Africa, such as the Rwandan Genocide and cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Follow him on Twitter @keithrichburg.