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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.  

 

Current Fellows

Kristen Soltis Anderson is a Republican researcher and strategist and a columnist at The Daily Beast. She previously served as Vice President of The Winston Group, a Washington DC-based opinion research and political communications firm where she spent eight years studying emerging trends in politics and policy. In 2013, she was named one of TIME magazine’s “30 under 30 Changing the World,” National Journal magazine’s “25 Most Influential Women in Washington Under 35” and one of Marie Claire magazine’s “New Guard” of the 50 most connected rising female leaders.

Valerie Biden Owens is one of the first women in the United States to have managed a modern U.S. Senatorial campaign, as well as a Presidential campaign. Mrs. Biden Owens has led every campaign in her brother Joe Biden’s political career, including his seven straight U.S. Senate victories and his run for two Democratic Presidential nominations. She also has been his principal surrogate on the campaign trail. A 2008 New York Times article quotes David Wade, then Mr. Biden's press secretary, as saying Mrs.

Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., until June 30, 2013 was president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA). In his role as the chief executive of the AGA, Fahrenkopf was the national advocate for the commercial casino industry and was responsible for positioning the association to address regulatory, political and educational issues affecting the industry for the past 18 years.

As Washington’s 22nd governor, Chris Gregoire delivered real results to the people of Washington. Combining effective leadership with a tireless work ethic, she proved time and again that she has the courage and independence to stand up and fight for individuals and families. 

Anton J. Gunn is the Founder & President of the 937 Strategy Group, LLC, a national consulting firm that equips the next generation of social and political entrepreneurs in the health & human services industries. Previously, Anton Gunn served as a senior official in the Obama Administration as the Director of External Affairs at the U.S.

Phil Kent was recently chairman and chief executive officer of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) from the beginning of 2003 until the end of 2013. He was responsible for a portfolio of news, entertainment and animation, young adult & kids networks and businesses including CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN; TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and truTV; Cartoon Network and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports. Globally, Turner Broadcasting operates more than 130 channels in some 30 languages in more than 200 countries.