So what is a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics?

Corey Lewandowski is scheduled to be a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics this academic year.
Dake Kang/Associated Press/File 2017
Corey Lewandowski is scheduled to be a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics this academic year.

The Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics on Friday withdrew its invitation for Chelsea Manning to serve as a visiting fellow.

So, what is a visiting fellow anyway? And who else has been picked for the appointment over the years?

The Institute of Politics runs what’s called the Visiting Fellows program, which each semester invites a select number of “prominent” political practitioners to the university to serve for a shorter period of time — often a week — than a resident fellowship, which lasts a full academic semester.


The institute says that the stays, while short, are “comprehensive,” and the compact schedule is more intense than a resident fellowship, typically involving three events a day and at least one 90-minute study group, which allow the fellows to share their experiences “in a meaningful way” with students.

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Most events are held with students, while some are with faculty, and they typically offer off-the-record conversations with relatively small groups of students.

Visiting fellows are assigned undergraduate students to serve as guides and assistants, and have access to a small staff. They also get a private office with a computer and phone, and they receive a “modest” stipend.

“Each fellowship is individually tailored to the background of the visiting fellow, as well as his/her calendar availability,” the institute says on its website.

A Kennedy School spokesman said that according to its records, the first visiting fellow was Lovida H. Coleman Jr., in the spring of 1986.


Below is a full list of people who, according to the institute’s website, have been selected to serve as visiting fellows over the years.

A list of visiting fellows to Harvard Institute of Politics An asterisk (*) denotes visiting fellows announced this week for the 2017-18 academic year.
Name Link to bio
Angus King Jr. More
Avshalom Vilan More
Bill Richardson More
Bob Franks More
Bobby Jindal More
*Chelsea Manning (rescinded) More
Chris Matthews More
Christine Todd Whitman More
Chuck Hagel More
*Corey Lewandowski More
Cornell Belcher More
*Cornell William Brooks More
David Muir More
Dimitris Avramopoulos More
Ed Rendell More
Eric Cantor More
Gary Locke More
Gerald Stephen McGowan More
Glen Browder More
Gordon Brown More
*Steven Beshear More
*Guy Benson More
Hilda Solis More
Jeb Bush More
Jeff Blodgett More
*Joe Scarborough More
*Joe Slade White More
John Bridgeland More
John King More
Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. More
Kelly Ayotte More
Kevin Rudd More
Liz Montoya More
Lovida H. Coleman, Jr. More
Mario Draghi More
*Mary Katharine Ham More
Michael J. Gerson More
Michael K. Deaver More
Michèle Pierre-Louis More
*Mika Brzezinski More
Mike Huckabee More
Patricia Clarey More
Peter Shumlin More
Preeta Bansal More
Ray Mabus More
*Robby Mook More
Robert Drinan More
Ron Kirk More
*Sean Spicer More
Susan Hirschmann More
*Sylvester 'Sly' James, Jr. More
Timothy Roemer More
Timothy Wirth More
Tom DeFrank More
Wael Nawara More
SOURCE: Harvard Institute of Politics website

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