Spring 2023 Resident Fellows

For over fifty years, the Institute of Politics Resident Fellows Program has provided Harvard students with the opportunity to learn from prominent public servants, engage in civil discourse, and acquire a more holistic and pragmatic view of our political world. 

The Spring 2023 Institute of Politics resident fellows cohort includes Kristin Amerling, Negah Angha, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, Quentin Fulks, Matthew Raymer, and Jason Rezaian.

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Kristin Amerling

 

Kristin Amerling is a congressional oversight expert who has served in senior counsel positions on congressional committees and in the executive branch. In 2021-2022 she was chief counsel and deputy staff director to the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. She previously served as deputy general counsel at the Department of Transportation, where she advised senior officials on congressional oversight, regulatory programs, and operational matters. Amerling is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of California Berkeley School of Law.

 

Kristin's study group will examine the constitutional investigative powers of Congress and discuss how to best use those powers to promote effective governance.

 

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Negah Angha

 

Negah Angha is an associate vice president with The Cohen Group and brings nearly two decades of experience advising the U.S. Department of State and National Security Council leadership on matters of policy development and strategic communication. Prior to joining The Cohen Group, in 2021 Ms. Angha was the director for multilateral initiatives at the National Security Council, where she led and oversaw the management of the Summit for Democracy — a Biden Administration flagship summit.

 

Negah's study group will focus on questions and dilemmas in the practice of contemporary diplomacy and statecraft.

 

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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler

 

From 2011-2022, Congresswoman Beutler served as the U.S. Representative for Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, where she was a nine-year member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, ranking member of the subcommittee on Legislative Branch, member of the Joint Economic Committee, and a leading voice in health, energy, and financial services subcommittees. Throughout her career, Jaime championed legislation of nationwide importance while always making good-paying jobs and economic opportunity her top priority. She also happily became the ninth woman in history to give birth while serving in Congress, and is Washington state’s first Hispanic to hold federal office.

 

Congresswoman Herrera Beutler's study group will focus on putting country over party and governing in a divided America.

 

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Quentin Fulks

 

Quentin Fulks is a nationally recognized campaign manager and political strategist, advising some of the largest, most expensive, and most consequential campaigns in American politics. Fulks served as campaign manager for the 2022 re-election campaign for Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock in his home state of Georgia. Prior to leading Warnock’s campaign, Fulks served as deputy campaign manager for JB Pritzker’s successful 2018 gubernatorial bid, playing an instrumental role in flipping Illinois from red to blue.

 

Quentin's study group will focus on modern political campaigning.

 

 

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Matthew Raymer

 

Matthew Raymer is chief counsel at the Republican National Committee, leading the RNC’s legal efforts nationwide. A leading political law attorney, Matt previously served as general counsel at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) for the 2016 cycle and at the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) from 2017-2020. He began his legal career in BakerHostetler’s Washington, D.C. office, where from 2008-15 he practiced campaign finance and election law and represented clients in state, federal, and international government affairs.

 

Matthew's study group will take an in-depth look at the national political party committees and the challenges they face heading into the 2024 presidential election cycle.

 

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Jason Rezaian

 

Jason Rezaian writes for The Washington Post’s “Global Opinions” section. Previously he was the Post’s Tehran bureau chief from 2012 to 2016. In July 2014, he was arrested by Iranian authorities and imprisoned for 544 days until his release in January 2016. Before joining The Washington Post he wrote for many U.S.-based and international publications including Time Magazine, Foreign Policy, The San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, GlobalPost, and Monocle.

 

Jason will lead a study group focused on international journalism.

 

Spring 2023 Visiting Fellows

The Visiting Fellows Program brings distinguished veterans of public life for a short yet comprehensive stay at the Institute of Politics. Each fellowship is individually tailored to the background of the visiting fellow, as well as his or her calendar availability.

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Governor Kate Brown

 

Kate Brown served as governor of Oregon from 2015 to 2023. Governor Brown passed the country's first automatic voter registration law, fully funded Oregon’s school system for the first time in 30 years, ensured that more than 95% of Oregonians have health care, and passed a historic transportation infrastructure package. Governor Brown came to Oregon from her native Minnesota to attend Lewis and Clark’s Northwestern School of Law, where she received her law degree and Certificate in environmental law.

 

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Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

 

Cheri Bustos served as the United States Representative from Illinois's 17th Congressional District from 2013 to 2023. Congresswoman Bustos pioneered her own highly successful candidate training program called Build the Bench and served in House leadership for most of her career. She has never lost an election, winning two for City Council and five for Congress in one of America's toughest swing districts.

 

Before her election to Congress, Congresswoman Bustos was a journalist for almost two decades and won many awards for her in-depth reporting. She went on to lead corporate communications for a multi-billion dollar nonprofit health system.