Announcing the Fall 2016 Fellows

Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, today announced the selection of the 2016 IOP Fall Resident and Visiting Fellows.

“We have an extraordinary class of Fellows. They are the perfect guides to lead our students through the fascinating terrain of this election year,” said Harvard Institute of Politics Director Maggie Williams.

Two public service leaders will join the Institute this fall as distinguished Visiting Fellows:

Charles “Chuck” Hagel, United States Secretary of Defense (2013-2015); United States Senator from Nebraska (1997-2009)

James “Jim” Roosevelt, co-Chairman, Democratic Party Rules and Bylaws Committee (1995-); Tufts Health Plan, senior vice president and general counsel (1999-2005); Tufts Health Plan, CEO (2005-2015)

Secretary Hagel will served as a joint Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Institute of Politics. Mr. Roosevelt will be a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Politics.

Six Resident Fellows will join the Institute for the fall semester:

Michael Blake, Member of the New York State Assembly for the 79th District in The Bronx, NY, will lead students in discussion about the changing face of America and its impact on our national politics. Full Biography.

Ann Compton, former ABC News correspondent covering the White House and national politics from 1973 to 2014, will track the final eight weeks of the most unconventional campaign in modern times. Full Biography.

Sarah Isgur Flores, former Deputy Campaign Manager for Carly for President, will guide students through the inside workings of a presidential campaign. Full Biography.

James T. “Tom” Hill, U.S Army General four-star (retired) who most recently served as the combatant commander for U.S. Southern Command, will lead discussions on the role of the military in national security policy formulation and execution. Full Biography.

David Kochel, Senior Strategist for Jeb Bush for President 2016 and respected veteran political operative, will guide students through a presidential campaign season that has seemingly broken all the rules. Full Biography.

Peter Staley, activist and co-founder of The Ad Hoc National Coalition to End the AIDS Epidemic, will reflect on his experience in movement politics and building successful activism campaigns from the ground up. Full Biography.

The Fellows program is central to the Institute’s dual commitment to encourage student interest in public life and to increase interaction between the academic and political communities. Over the course of an academic semester, Resident Fellows interact with students, develop and lead weekly study groups and 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.


Our mission at Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP) is to create the future of politics and public service every day, inspiring undergraduates to lead lives of purpose by committing themselves to the practice of politics and governing, and to public service and the countless opportunities to serve at home and around the world.  The IOP was established in 1966 as a memorial to President Kennedy.