Fellows & Study Groups

The Fellows and Study Groups program brings six or more prominent figures of the political world to campus each semester as IOP Fellows. Each Fellow hosts eight not-for-credit study groups throughout the semester in their areas of expertise, the formats of which range from traditional Q&A based discussion groups to skill-building workshops, often featuring guests. Selected students act as liaisons for the Fellows, helping to integrate the Fellows into the Harvard community, producing the weekly study groups, arranging additional Fellow events, and building relationships that often last for years into the future. During their time here, the Fellows serve as an incredible resource and provide mentorship for both their liaisons and the broader Harvard community.

Fall 2020 Virtual Study Group Schedule 

Fall 2020 Study Groups begin the week of September 14 and conclude the week of November 16. Study Groups will be held from 4:30 - 5:30pm ET on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please visit the IOP Calendar for individual session information. 



4:30 - 5:30pm ET


4:30 - 5:30pm ET

Week 1 September 15: Alice Stewart September 17: Mayor Michael Nutter ​
Week 2 September 22: Brittany Packnett Cunningham  September 24: Chasten Buttigieg
Week 3  September 29: Jorge Vasquez, ​Jr. October 1: Carol Giacomo
Week 4 October 6: Alice Stewart October 8: Brittany Packnett Cunningham
Week 5 October 13: Mayor Michael Nutter October 15: Chasten Buttigieg  
Week 6 October 20: Jorge Vasquez, Jr. October 22: Carol Giacomo
Week 7 October 27: Alice Stewart October 29: Mayor Michael Nutter
Week 8  November 3: IOP Election Day Programming November 5: IOP Post- Election Day Programming
Week 9  November 10: Brittany Packnett Cunningham November 12: Chasten Buttigieg 
Week 10  November 17: Jorge Vasquez Jr. November 19: Carol Giacomo


Study group topics range from local to global issues, and are offered in a variety of formats, including project-based working groups, skill-building workshops, and traditional Q&A-based discussion groups.

No prior experience with, or knowledge of, the topic is necessary. Participation in discussion is encouraged, as is weekly attendance, but neither is mandatory. Consistent with the Institute's mission, study groups are designed specifically to involve undergraduates, but they are open to all Harvard students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public.

Study Groups are open to the public; however, preferential seating will be designated for both undergraduate and graduate students of the University. Also, because of room occupancy constraints and fire code regulations some people may not be able to enter the designated room of the study group. In keeping with IOP study group tradition, all study groups are closed to press and not for attribution. No reporting on the study group is permitted.

An archive of past study group outlines is available here

Student Liasons

The liaison program offers Harvard undergraduates a unique opportunity to interact with and get to know one of our Resident Fellows - public figures with exceptional careers and experiences in politics and public service - in an intimate & personal setting. Liaison teams of six help plan, produce and publicize a study group each week. Students often describe the experience as one of the most memorable they've had at Harvard, and we encourage everyone to apply!

  • We recommend you attend the IOP Open House at the beginning of each semester to meet the new Fellows and review their study group outlines.

  • Complete the short online application, which asks questions about interests, special skills, and relevant experience. Students can apply to be a liaison, a member of the Fellows Selection Committee, or a member of the Leadership Team. More about those positions will be posted closer to the application deadline.
  • The student co-chairs, in consultation with IOP staff, carefully review the applications under name-blind conditions and inform applicants of decisions close to a week after the application deadline.

If you have any questions about the process, or about the program in general, please don't hesitate to contact the program co-chairs Carine and Eric.

Chaired by: Carine Hajjar | cmhajjar@college.harvard.edu and Eric Jjemba | ejjemba@college.harvard.edu