When sworn in on Jan. 20, Barack Obama will join current President George W. Bush (M.B.A. ’75) and Presidents John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy as Harvard graduates chosen to serve as the nation’s chief executive.
Harvard Kennedy School pays tribute to the enduring ideals and principles of President John F. Kennedy on the anniversary of his 100th birthday
Kennedy School analyst Gary Samore discusses North Korea’s latest nuclear provocation and what it means for U.S. policy under the Trump administration.
The director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center evaluates a new survey of citizens from 30 countries, including China, and how they rank the performances of the world’s best-known political leaders.
Novelist Jonathan Franzen had some corrections for fellow liberals in a lecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
New analysis by Harvard Kennedy School’s Thomas Patterson finds the conflicted motivation of news outlets covering the 2016 election has resulted in significantly lopsided and disparate attention paid to the Republican and Democratic candidates.
New political science research says that, contrary to conventional wisdom, political attitudes are a consequence of political actions, rather than their cause.
Don’t blame data analytics for Trump’s unexpected victory, Nate Silver says, blame political reporting’s conventional wisdom.
Arthur Goldhammer, an analyst of French politics, discusses the impact of France’s presidential election on that nation and on Europe.
To understand Donald Trump’s rise to power, Harvard Professor Michael Sandel says, it’s important to learn from his voters, who are concerned about economic inequality, professional hubris, dignified work, and patriotism.
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Civic education, an important element for democracy to flourish, has fallen to public schools, universities, and colleges to provide in recent years. A Harvard panel discussed what’s required for the citizenry to be educated to make informed decisions.
With President-elect Donald Trump pushing for a federal infrastructure improvement plan, Harvard faculty consider the needs and challenges that may dog the ambitious proposal.
Harvard alumna Sarah Hurwitz, the speechwriter behind two of the world’s most popular and powerful women, former first lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, talks about her unusual career path and why politics is all about failure.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Mike Rogers, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, discuss Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Harvard analysts discuss the unusual dynamics and events of the 2016 presidential election, and what they mean for our political system going forward.
Ever wonder about Vermont and New Hampshire?
Noted sociologist and author Arlie Hochschild discussed her research into the emotional life of “red state” conservatives and the “deep story” that informs their worldview.
Political journalists Mark Halperin ’87 and John Heilemann, M.P.A. ’90, returned to Harvard Thursday night to screen and discuss the new HBO Films adaptation of their best-seller “Game Change,” showing that the drama of Sarah Palin’s 2008 vice presidential nomination can still draw an enthusiastic crowd.
Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, talked politics with Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf in a visit to the Kennedy School following a day of lab tours and meeting with students.
Top reporters and editors discuss the future of news, as well as the opportunities and the challenges the industry faces in what many observers call the “post-truth” era.
The Vietnam War cost the United States just over 58,000 dead — less than 5 percent of the 1.4 million Vietnamese, French, and other military personnel killed in Indochina combat going back to 1950.
Henry Kissinger visited the Harvard Law School campus to share the lessons he learned as U.S. secretary of state and national security advisor under two presidents.
In a visit to Harvard Kennedy School, Ohio Gov. Kasich urged that cooperation replace rancor in American political life.
Harvard Law School’s Cass R. Sunstein says as social media has made the world smaller and more connected, it’s also driven people further apart, pushing them into fragmented camps, which threatens democracy.
Peter Hart, one of the nation’s leading opinion pollsters, gave students at Harvard Kennedy School a lesson in the art of asking questions and probing answers.
For blacks and Hispanics, damaged neighborhoods undercut education, health, jobs — the keys to overcoming inequality and succeeding.
Scholars, practitioners, and activists at Harvard Kennedy School consider race and justice in the Obama era.
Many people believe that idealism motivates them to open their wallets for a favorite candidate or that civic duty motivates them to vote. But don’t discount peer pressure as a factor in elections, a political scientist says.
Faculty at Harvard Business School discuss how Donald Trump’s experience as a businessman may inform his approach to the U.S. presidency.
While still an undergraduate, Alexander Burns already had an impact on political discourse in the United States. Beginning in 2005, the history and literature concentrator has been a principal contributor to a political blog sponsored by the history magazine American Heritage. The job has allowed him to explore the pros and cons of contemporary issues, and to joust in print with some of the country’s most prestigious historians.
Michael Sandel, the renowned political philosopher and professor, will debate the meaning of democracy at the Palace of Westminster in London as part of the BBC’s “Democracy Day.”
Civil Rights icon and Congressman John Lewis, coming to Harvard to receive an award for citizen activism, talks about his how far the country has come in taking care of all, despite recent setbacks, and why he remains hopeful for the future.
Linda Greenhouse, a former New York Times reporter and now the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale University, and Reva Siegel, the Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale, provided new perspectives on interpreting Roe v. Wade during the 2010-11 Maurine and Robert Rothschild Lecture at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
Vice President Joseph Biden outlined U.S. foreign policy goals and challenges during a visit Thursday to the Kennedy School.
Harvard’s Institute of Politics latest poll of Americans ages 18 to 29 year olds finds that economic concerns top the list.
The Kennedy School hosted Adm.Michael Rogers for a talk on both state and lone-actor cyber threats.
A Harvard Kennedy School panel sees a major threat to good governance when U.S. presidents decide to keep sweeping secrets.
Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who offered to lend Donald Trump his pocket Constitution in a rebuke of a proposed Muslim ban during the Democratic National Convention, urged Harvard students to “remain standing” for democratic values and principles during this “dark chapter” in American history.
Harvard Law School professor I. Glenn Cohen breaks down the ruling and its ramifications.
A recent gift to Harvard Law School’s Animal Law & Policy Program is aimed at changing the way farmed animals are treated across the country and around the world.
On the eve of the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Harvard analysts discuss whether presidential debates offer citizens civic value anymore and how to improve them as the nation navigates its political differences.
In a new polemic, Harvard Kennedy School Professor Thomas Patterson calls for sweeping changes to the education of journalists and the practice of journalism.
Harvard sociologist and Radcliffe fellow Bruce Western recently completed a study tracking 122 incarcerated men and women in the Boston area who were released back into society. Western’s research helps shed light on how poverty, along with unaddressed problems, helped shape his subjects’ lives.
Marianne Williamson, the internationally acclaimed spiritual leader, will discuss the moral evolution of America, starting from its founding, in her talk “On Consciousness, Spirituality, and Politics in America” at Harvard Divinity School on Oct. 14.
The Gazette asked a group of Harvard faculty to assess the leadership of the first African-American president.
As the presidential election nears, Kennedy School Professor Alex Keyssar provides historical context on the efforts by some states to place new restrictions on voting rights.
A new graduate seminar gives students a chance to develop ideas on reforming the U.S. criminal justice system.
Three weeks after a remarkably nasty presidential election, emotions remain raw, as was evidenced when the Trump and Clinton camps met for the first time at Harvard Kennedy School for a debriefing conference this week.
Using the case-study method, Harvard Business School historian David Moss examines pivotal moments in American history where disagreement and conflict reshaped our democracy for the better.
Just a day after Neil Gorsuch survived a political firestorm and was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Kelly Ayotte, the former senator from New Hampshire, talked about her experience guiding him through the confirmation process.