Institute of Politics announces spring Resident Fellows

Photos of spring fellows at Institute of Politics.

Spring Resident Fellows are (clockwise from upper left) Rohini Kosoglu, Tara Setmayer, Mark P. Harvey, Bill Walker, Tiffany Cross, and Lord Kim Darroch.

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The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School Wednesday 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 the 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 50 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. Sen. 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 ’22 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