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Polis Distinguished Fellows

About the Program

The Polis Distinguished Fellows Program brings accomplished political practitioners, public servants, and organizers to campus to engage with our community and to dedicate some portion of their time to a project that promises an innovative solution to a problem of contemporary politics and that involves students in the process.

The program honors extraordinary leadership in politics and public service. Fellows are prominent figures who bring expertise and experience from their roles as practitioners in politics and governance, campaigns, activism, journalism, media, etc.


John Harwood is a legendary journalist whose career exemplifies the mission of invoking knowledge and information in the service of society. His life's work has focused on promoting and participating in rigorous political discourse despite the increasing polarization that characterizes our political landscape—work that is vital to the health of our democracy. 

– Deondra Rose, Director of Polis: Center for Politics


Headshot of Huma Abedin

Top Aide and Longtime Advisor to Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Reggie Love, Barack Obama

Senior Advisor, Apollo Global Management & Former Personal Aide to President Barack Obama

Minh-Thu Pham. Portrait by Tristan Brand.

Co-Founder of New American Voices & Former Director of Global Policy, United Nations Foundation

Congressman David Price

Former U.S. Representative for North Carolina District 4

Former Acting & Deputy U.S. Trade Representative