Spring 2016 Fellows

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The Fellows Program represents a unique opportunity for political practitioners with diverse experiences and viewpoints to spend a semester at Harvard.  Fellows lead a not-for-credit study group, participate in Institute activities, and engage in informal interchange with students and faculty. The Fellows Program is central to the Institute's dual commitment to encourage student interest in public life and to develop ways for the academic and political communities to learn from each other.

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

In addition, the Institute will host visiting fellows.  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. 

To see the full biographies, please click on the hyperlinked name.

Current Fellows

Karin Agness is the Founder and President of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW), the nation’s premier organization for conservative young women. A Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum, she is also a Contributor to Forbes. Upon graduation from the University of Virginia and University of Virginia School of Law, she practiced law at Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, DC.

Anurima Bhargava serves as the Chief of the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S.

Anne Hawley’s appointment as Director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1989 brought an entrepreneurial arts leader to one of the most original personal museums in the world.

Mayor Parker is Houston’s 61st mayor and one of only two women to hold the City’s highest elected office. As the City's chief executive officer, she is responsible for all aspects of the general management of the City and for enforcement of all laws and ordinances.

Parker has spent many years in service to the people of Houston, with six years as a City Council member and six years as City Controller. She is the only person in Houston history to hold the offices of council member, controller and mayor.

An investor, scholar and journalist, Dr. Christopher Smart has spent the last six years in the Obama Administration as a senior policymaker for international economic affairs.  As Special Assistant to the President at the National Economic Council and the National Security Council, he was principal advisor on trade, investment and a wide range of global economic issues. From 2009-13, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury, where he led the response to the European financial crisis and designed U.S.

Sir Peter Westmacott became British Ambassador to the United States in January 2012. This is his second posting to Washington since he previously served as the British Embassy’s Counsellor for Political and Public Affairs in the mid-1990s. His tour of duty ends in January 2016.