Spring 2015 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

Brent Colburn, former Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) and Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; National Communications Director, Barack Obama’s presidential re-election campaign

Candy Crowley, former anchor and Chief Political Correspondent, CNN

Doug Heye, Deputy Chief of Staff (communications) for U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA; 2012-14); Communications Director, Republican National Committee (2010-11)

Lindiwe Mazibuko, Member of Parliament, South Africa (2009-14); Democratic Alliance Parliamentary Leader and Leader of the Official Opposition (2011-14)

Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State (2011-present); former Vice Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group (2009-11) and principal, The Albright Group (2001-09); Ambassador and Counselor, U.S. Department of State (1997-2001)

Scott Smith, Mayor, Mesa, AZ (2008-14); President, U.S. Conference of Mayors (2013-14)