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Alexandra A. Chaidez

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Gund Hall
Graduate School of Design

Design School Students Criticize Rahm Emanuel’s Visit in Open Letter

The letter takes issue with the event’s description, which claims Chicago was “a great place to live, work, and play.”

Harvard Kennedy School

Former Trump Administration Official Awarded Kennedy School Fellowship

Dina H. Powell will serve as a non-resident fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project, a program intended to study diplomacy and negotiation within international politics.

Harvard Kennedy School

HKS Affiliates Debate Need for Conservative Speakers

In an era of political polarization, HKS affiliates consider both the need and potential consequences of hosting more conservative speakers on campus.

John Kasich at IOP

John Kasich Will Deliver Kennedy School’s Commencement Address

The Ohio Governor and former presidential candidate will deliver the 2018 commencement address at the Kennedy School on May 23.


Institute of Politics Appoints Mark D. Gearan ’78 New IOP Director

The IOP director position sat unfilled for approximately 10 months following the resignation of former director Maggie Williams in April 2017.

O'Malley at the IOP

Martin O’Malley To Begin Fellowship at Kennedy School

​Former Maryland Governor Martin J. O’ Malley will serve as a shared visiting fellow for multiple Kennedy School centers beginning this April, with a focus on local politics and student engagement.

HKS New Campus
Harvard Kennedy School

HKS Hits $660 Million in Campaign, Seeking More for Financial Aid

As Harvard nears the completion of its capital campaign, Dean of the Kennedy School Douglas W. Elmendorf reported that the school has raised more than $660 million.

José Andrés

Humanitarian Chef José Andrés Advocates for Puerto Rican Relief

Michelin star chef and humanitarian José Andrés emphasized the importance of providing aid to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria at an Institute of Politics panel Tuesday.

Durbin and DACA
Student Groups

Durbin Speech Met With Protest at Kennedy School

Around 100 students from across the University spent Thursday evening marching up and down in front of the Kennedy School to protest Senator Durbin's visit.

Trade Policy at the IOP

Summers and Former Diplomats Critique Trump’s Trade Policies

A recurring theme at the event was President Donald Trump’s frequently stated interest in renegotiating and leaving international trade agreements.

President of Iceland
Harvard Kennedy School

Iceland President Visits Harvard, Speaks on #MeToo

​The president of Iceland spoke about the country’s robust economic growth as well as the #MeToo movement during his visit to the Institute of Politics last Friday.

Douglas Elmendorf
Harvard Kennedy School

Kennedy School Leaders Attend World Economic Forum in Davos

Some HKS professors traveled to Davos, Switzerland last week for the World Economic Forum, which focused in part on issues of gender and women’s empowerment.

Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard Kennedy School

Kennedy School Professors Speak Out Against Trump’s ‘Shithole’ Comment

Several HKS affiliates said President Trump’s recent comments were not only disappointing but damaging for the future of institutions like the Kennedy School

Admission Competition

Gillespie to Join IOP as Spring Fellow

“The fellows are really great because they bring perspectives that do not necessarily exist within the academic sphere,” Abigail P. Bloomfield ’20 said.

Harvard Kennedy School

Shorenstein Center Names Six New Fellows for Spring 2018

The fellows will study the intersection of technology and public policy, as well as issues like climate change and the divide between rural and urban America.