Institute of Politics Announces Spring Resident Fellows - Governor, Diplomat, National Security Expert, Media Executive, and Political Strategists



Spring 2020 Resident Fellows Include Tiffany Cross, Lord Kim Darroch, Mark Harvey, Rohini Kosoglu, Tara Setmayer, and Governor Bill Walker

January 8, 2020
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The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School today announced the appointment of six Resident Fellows who will join the Institute for the Spring semester. The incoming Fellows bring diverse experiences in public service and expertise on contemporary issues and challenges in domestic and international politics.  

“At this important time in civic life we are pleased to welcome an extraordinary group of Resident Fellows from highest levels of government to national security, foreign affairs, and electoral politics,” said IOP Director Mark D. Gearan ‘78. “Our Resident Fellows are central to our mission of inspiring students to public service and model lives of consequences.” 

For over fifty years IOP Resident Fellows have 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. 

Spring 2020 Resident Fellows: 

  • Tiffany Cross - Co-Founder and Managing Editor, The Beat DC 
  • Lord Kim Darroch - British Ambassador to the United States (2016-2019)
  • Mark Harvey - Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy, National Security Council (2018-2020)
  • Rohini Kosoglu - Chief of Staff, Kamala Harris For The People Presidential Campaign and U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (2017-2019) 
  • Tara Setmayer - CNN, ABC Political Commentator and GOP Congressional Communications Director (2006-2013)
  • Gov. Bill Walker - Governor of Alaska, Independent (2014-2018)

Each semester, Resident Fellows immerse themselves in the Harvard community by residing on campus, mentoring a cohort of undergraduate students, holding weekly office hours and leading an eight-week, not-for-credit study group. This Spring, Fellows will convene study groups on topics including representation in media, diplomacy, election infrastructure and security, leadership on Capitol Hill and the campaign trail, and bridging the partisan divide. 

“Given the importance of the 2020 election, Harvard students are eager to learn from and engage with this incoming class,” said Carine Hajjar ‘21 and Eric Jjemba ‘21, Student Co-Chairs of the Fellows and Study Groups program at the Institute of Politics. “The relationships built among students and Resident Fellows help shape and inform our own pathway in politics and public service. We look forward to welcoming this cohort to campus this semester.” 

You can view the complete bios of our Resident Fellows at

About the Institute of Politics Fellows Program

The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School was established in 1966 as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy. The Institute’s mission is to unite and engage students, particularly undergraduates, with academics, politicians, activists, and policymakers on a non-partisan basis to inspire them to pursue pathways in politics and public service. The Institute blends the academy with practical politics and offers students the opportunity to engage on current events and to acquire skills and perspective that will assist in their postgraduate pathways.

The Fellows Program has stood as the cornerstone of the IOP, encouraging student interest in public service and increasing the interaction between the academic and political communities. Through the Fellows Program, the Institute aims to provide students with the opportunity to learn from experienced public servants, the space to engage in civil discourse, and the chance to acquire a more holistic and pragmatic view of our political world. 

For more information on the fellowship program, including a full list of former fellows, visit:

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