Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School Announces Fall 2021 Resident Fellows



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Fall 2021 Resident Fellows include Ashley Allison, Honorable Sara Gideon, Holly Kuzmich, Arnon Mishkin, Trymaine Lee, and Congressman Mac Thornberry

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School today announced the appointment of six Resident Fellows who will join the Institute in-person for the Fall semester. The incoming Fellows bring diverse experiences in public service, policymaking, and journalism with expertise on contemporary issues and challenges.

“This is a critical moment for the future of our democracy and these six Resident Fellows are uniquely prepared for these times,” said IOP Director Mark D. Gearan ’78. “They have lived lives of consequence and bring valuable experiences in elected office, public service, activism and journalism to their Study Groups. We are looking forward to their arrival on campus to uplift our mission to inspire students to public purpose.”

For over fifty years the Institute’s 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. 

Fall 2021 Resident Fellows: 

  • Ashley Allison (@ashleyrallison) - CNN Political Commentator and Biden-Harris 2020 Presidential Campaign National Coalition Director
  • Honorable Sara Gideon (@SaraGideon) - Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives (2016-2020)
  • Holly Kuzmich (@HollyKuzmich) - Executive Director, George W. Bush Institute
  • Arnon Mishkin (@arnonmishkin) - Director, Fox News Decision Desk 
  • Trymaine Lee (@trymainelee) - MSNBC Correspondent, Host of "Into America" podcast
  • Honorable William “Mac” Thornberry (@MacThornberry) - U.S. Representative (R, TX-13) (1995-2021)

“We congratulate and welcome the incoming class of Resident Fellows to the Institute this Fall,” said Nadia Douglas and Victor Flores, Student Co-Chairs of the Fellows and Study Groups program at the Institute of Politics. “With the immense and diverse challenges our country faces today, it is more integral than ever to hear from experts across ideological, racial, gender, and professional backgrounds who have devoted their lives to public service and uplifting their communities. With the return of in-person programming, we can’t wait to welcome this class of residential Fellows to our IOP community. Through learning about their paths and being challenged by their perspectives, we know students will be inspired to make a difference in the world through politics and public service.”

IOP 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 Fall, Fellows will convene study groups on pressing topics including the state and local leadership, journalism, public opinion research, policymaking and the future of national security. In addition, Fellows will immerse themselves in the Harvard community by mentoring IOP student leaders, holding office hours for all students, serving as guest lecturers for faculty, and leading co-curricular programming.

Study groups will begin the week of September 13th, 2021. For more information, you can view the complete bios of our Fall 2021 Fellows at and stay up to date on IOP programming 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 in current events and to acquire skills and perspectives 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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