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Responding to Student Concerns Over Lack of Right-of-Center Programming, IOP Forms Conservative Coalition

The Harvard Institute of Politics announced the formation of the “Conservative Coalition” — a hub for students at the College to develop their political identities and “advocate for IOP-wide conservative representation” — in an email to affiliates March 4.


Madeleine Albright Talks Female Public Leadership at IOP International Women’s Day Celebration

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright discussed the future of female public leadership in a Monday Institute of Politics webinar, drawing the largest crowd in IOP forum history with more than 2,000 spectators in attendance.


Federalist Society Scrutiny gif

Donald Trump appointed 30 percent of the U.S. Court of Appeals, and of those eleven — more than one-fifth of Trump's nominees — attended HLS. All 11 have ties to the Federalist Society.


Harvard Institute of Politics Welcomes Spring 2021 Fellows

Former Montana Gov. Steve Bullock — a Democrat who has also made runs for the White House and Senate — and five other eminent political figures will serve as fellows at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics this spring, per an announcement on Wednesday.


Harvard and the Biden Administration

As Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th U.S. president Wednesday, a team of Crimson reporters explored how the Biden administration will affect international students, admissions, labor, and everything in between at Harvard. Here's a look at how the Biden administration will reshape the University — and what role Harvard will play in shaping it.


Conservatives on Campus Attempt to Find Their Footing As Trump Presidency Ends

As the sun sets on Donald Trump’s term, Republicans at Harvard hope to revive their party’s traditional emphasis on conservatism. At the same time, they believe the past four years have created a specter that will loom over them as they engage in campus discourse.


IOP Removes U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik ’06 From Senior Advisory Committee

U.S. Representative Elise M. Stefanik ’06 (R-N.Y.) was removed from the Institute of Politics’ Senior Advisory Committee Tuesday morning, Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf announced in a letter sent to members of the committee.


A Blue Wave: Harvard Affiliates and their Political Contributions

As an unprecedented and contentious election season draws to a close, Harvard faculty, staff, and students overwhelmingly contributed to Democratic candidates — including President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. — over their Republican counterparts this election cycle, a Crimson analysis found.


America Left in Limbo Awaiting Presidential Election Results

A race that many liberals hoped would end in a Democratic landslide will come down to the wire, as Harvard students — along with the rest of the country — are left in a sleep-deprived state of disarray awaiting a conclusion to a pandemic-stricken election.


College Democrats Continue Canvassing Votes in Lead-up to Election Day

The Harvard College Democrats have adapted their campaign strategies to pandemic conditions, replacing door-to-door canvassing with phone banking competitions and virtual events as they seek to reach voters before the upcoming election.


Nearly 20 Percent of Republican Harvard Undergrads Plan to Vote for Biden

Nearly 20 percent of Republican Harvard undergraduates reported in a September survey that they would vote for Democratic nominee Vice President Joseph R. Biden in his presidential race against incumbent U.S. President Donald J. Trump.


Seeking to ‘Change the Direction of the Country,’ Harvard Students Take Time Off to Work in Politics

Bucking a trend among Democratic presidential tickets spanning decades, neither Joseph R. Biden nor Kamala Harris have an Ivy League degree. The same does not appear to hold true for this cycle’s political staffers, though, as many Harvard students take time off to work on political campaigns across the country.


Progressive Groups Call for Former Univ. President Summers to be Removed as Biden Economic Advisor

A pair of prominent progressive groups have called on former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic Party’s presumptive 2020 presidential nominee, to remove former University President Lawrence H. Summers as an economic advisor.


Harvard for Bernie Declines to Endorse Biden Despite Sanders' Pleas to Supporters

The 2020 Democratic primary has largely come to a close, with former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the presumptive nominee. Still, student political groups on Harvard’s campus remain divided over whether to coalesce around Biden for the general election.


Mass. State Senator to Lead 'Hi! I’m Running for Office' Workshop Series at Harvard Kennedy School

Massachusetts State Senator Eric P. Lesser ’07 will lead the Kennedy School’s “Hi! I’m Running for Office” program for the third time this spring.


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