Founded in 1969, the Harvard Political Review (HPR) is an undergraduate-run journal of politics, policy, and culture. The review addresses domestic and international affairs, as well as political discourse on campus. It also conducts interviews with political figures and experts ranging from Alan Derschowitz to Anthony Fauci to Kara Swisher. The HPR features student perspectives in the form of articles, podcasts, investigations, and data-driven storytelling. Staff writers work closely with editors to strengthen pieces while maintaining their distinct journalistic voices. Aside from the standard publication route, students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of programs including the Red Line Investigative Fellowship, the Summer Fellowship, and Columns. They can also pitch topic ideas for and contribute to our quarterly magazine. Previous issues include “Isolation” (Fall 2020), “Girls Girls Girls” (Winter 2019), “Engineering Earth” (Fall 2018), and “Body Politic” (Summer 2014).
From Spring 2023, the HPR will transition its editing sessions from an online to an in-person format as part of its effort to foster deeper connections among staff writers and editors. We welcome students of all interests and specialties. Science and Technology was added as the review’s fifth section in Spring 2022 to reflect rapidly growing interest in the field. Students can engage with HPR as early as the summer before their freshman year through the summer fellowship, which hosts speaker events and topical discussions for all members of the Harvard community. No former journalism experience is required or expected.