Announcing the Spring 2016 Resident Fellows

Today the IOP announced the selection of the 2016 IOP Spring Resident and Visiting Fellows. Over the course of an academic semester, Resident Fellows interact with students, develop and lead weekly study groups and are afforded many opportunities to participate in the intellectual life of the Harvard community. Visiting Fellows join the Institute for a shorter period and maximize their time meeting with students, faculty and Harvard research center staff. This semester's class bring expertise in city, state and federal government, the arts, civil rights, justice and social entrepreneurship. The class also includes several diplomats who reflect an ongoing student interest in exploring foreign affairs topics in study groups. 

“We welcome the Spring 2016 IOP Fellows class — a dynamic group of leaders reflecting the powerful impact political engagement can have both inside and outside government,” said Harvard Institute of Politics Director Maggie Williams. 

The following Resident Fellows will join the Institute for the spring semester:

Karin Agness

Founder and president, Network of enlightened Women (NeW); Forbes contributor; former attorney, Wiley Rein LLP.

Follow Karin on Twitter @KarinAgness.



Anurima Bhargava

Chief, Educational Opportunities Section (Civil Rights Division), U.S. Department of Justice (2010-16); director of Education Practice, NAACP Legal Defense Fund (2004-10)




Anne Hawley

Director (1989-2015) and director emerita, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; executive director, Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities (1977-89)




Annise Parker

Mayor, city of Houston, TX (2010-15); city controller (2004-09) and city council member (1998-2003)

Follow Annise on Twitter @AnniseParker.



Christopher Smart

Special assistant to the President and senior director for international economics, trade and investment, National Security Council and National Economic Council (2013-15); deputy assistant secretary (Europe and Eurasia), U.S. Department of the Treasury (2009-13)



Sir Peter Westmacott

British ambassador to the United States (2012-16); British ambassador to France (2007-12); British ambassador to Turkey (2002-06)
* Westmacott will jointly serve as an Institute of Politics Resident Fellow and Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs *

Follow Peter on Twitter @PeterWestmacott.



In addition, the Institute is pleased to host the following Visiting Fellows:

Gary Locke

United States ambassador to China (2011-2014); United States secretary of commerce (2009-2011) and governor of Washington (1997-2005)




Gerald S. McGowan

United States ambassador to Portugal (1998-2001) and Of counsel, Lukas, Nace, Guitterez and Sachs


Follow the Fellows' activities throughout the semester on Twitter at @IOPFellows.

Republican Strategist and Fall 2013 IOP Fellow Beth Myers to Lead Campaign and Advocacy Workshop

Fall 2013 IOP Fellow Beth Myers, partner at Esplanade Strategies and former advisor, Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign; campaign manager, Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign; and chief of staff, Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (2002-06), will lead the Institute’s "Campaign and Advocacy” workshop this spring. The initiative offers undergraduates a hands-on look at campaign mechanics, aiming to improve students’ working knowledge of campaign management and help them build a portfolio of experience for use on political and advocacy efforts.