IOP announces spring 2024 fellows

IOP Spring Fellows.

Clockwise from upper left: Kostas Bakoyannis, Jeff Denham, John Bel Edwards, Josh Gerstein, Erika Mouynes, Grisella M. Martinez, Alison King, and William Hurd. 

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The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School announced the appointment of seven Resident Fellows and one Visiting Fellow who will join the IOP for the spring 2024 semester. The fellows bring diverse experience in global politics, elected office, legal affairs, and journalism to address the challenges facing our country and world today.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome this fantastic group of fellows to Harvard to engage and collaborate with our students and community, said IOP Director Setti Warren. “We welcome their expertise, their insight, and their guidance as we gear up for a historic presidential campaign.
“I am confident that they will help to inspire our students to pursue careers in public service and prepare the next generation to provide impactful political leadership in the United States and around the world,” Warren added.
Echoing Warren’s statements was Michael Nutter, chair of the IOP Senior Advisory Committee, and former mayor of Philadelphia: “We are thrilled to have such a remarkable cohort of fellows to the IOP this spring. They each bring diverse perspectives on how to best approach some of our country’s — and our world’s — most pressing challenges. Our students will undoubtedly have important conversations and gain valuable insight into an array of critical issues.”
Co-chairs of the IOP Fellows and Study Groups Program Éamon ÓCearúil ’25 and Summer Tan ’26 also noted, “We are thrilled to welcome the incredibly accomplished members of the 2024 spring fellows cohort as we begin the spring semester of an incredibly important year. We are looking forward to a healthy, active, and productive semester of discussions at the Kennedy School to explore the multitude of challenges facing our world today and to equip students with the knowledge and ideas necessary to create a better tomorrow.”
IOP Resident Fellows are fully engaged with the Harvard community. They reside on campus, mentor a cohort of undergraduate students, hold weekly office hours, and lead an eight-week study group based on their experience and expertise. Visiting Fellows come for a shorter stay and participate in a variety of comprehensive discussions, events, and programming.
Spring 2024 Resident Fellows

Kostas Bakoyannis: Mayor of Athens, Greece (2019-2023), Governor of Central Greece (2014-2019), Mayor of Karpenissi, Greece (2011-2014)
Jeff Denham: U.S. Representative, CA-19/10 (2011-2019), California State Senate (2002-2010), U.S. Air Force
Josh Gerstein:  Senior Legal Affairs Reporter for Politico 
William Hurd: Former Republican Presidential Candidate (2023), U.S. Representative, TX-23 (2015-2021), and former CIA officer (2000-2009).
Alison King: Political Reporter for NBC10 Boston/NECN for nearly three decades. 
Grisella M. Martinez: Strategist, former Director of Legislative Affairs for Vice President Kamala D. Harris.
Erika Mouynes: Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama (2020-2022), Chair of the Board of the Atlantic Council-Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and is a current fellow at the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative. 
Spring 2024 Visiting Fellow
John Bel Edwards: Governor of Louisiana (2016-2024), U.S. Army
For more information on the program, including a full list of former fellows, visit: 
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