Meet our Spring Quarter 2019 Pritzker Fellows!

March 6, 2019

By Institute of Politics

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago Institute of Politics (IOP) today announced seven Fellows who will come to campus during the upcoming Spring Quarter:

“From the political landscape of Iowa to the political geography of the United States and from education policy to national security, our Fellows bring a wealth of experience and energy to a range of issues that I know will enlighten and inspire our students,” said IOP director David Axelrod. “I look forward to an exciting and enriching quarter this spring.”

While on campus next quarter, the seven IOP Pritzker Fellows will interact with students and faculty, participate in public forums and, along with guests, lead off-the-record student seminars.

Jean-Pierre, who served as deputy campaign manager for Martin O’Malley’s 2016 presidential campaign and as deputy battleground states director for Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign and is now a lecturer at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, will focus on campaign management and activism.

King, who is the former U.S. Secretary of Education and now President and CEO of the Education Trust, will discuss being an advocate for students and how to implement effective education policies at the city, state, and federal levels.

Markell, a Democrat who served as Governor of Delaware from 2009 to 2017, will focus on how a governor’s world view defines a legislative agenda and how to make that agenda a reality.

Sanford, a Republican who served as U.S. Representative for South Carolina from 1995 to 2001 and 2013 to 2019 and Governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011, will discuss the lessons learned as legislator and executive as well as the past and future of conservatism.

Terry, who was a senior analyst on Korean issues at the CIA from 2001 to 2008 and director for Korea, Japan, and Oceanic affairs at the National Security Council under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama from 2008 to 2009, and is now a senior fellow for Korea at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will lead a seminar series on U.S. intelligence and foreign policy, with a focus on Northeast Asia.

Wasserman, who is House Editor for the Cook Political Report analyzing House races, will examine long-term trends in political geography and the future of elections, with an eye to the 2021 round of redistricting.  
Yepsen, who hosts “Iowa Press” on Iowa Public Television and prior to that was director of the Paul Simon Institute at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and a reporter at The Des Moines Register, will discuss the essentials of political journalism with a focus on covering campaigns, Iowa, and 2020. His seminar coincides with this year’s Iowa Project, the IOP’s one-of-a-kind program that will see over 60 students involved in the Iowa caucuses.

Since its formal launch in January 2013, the IOP has hosted 120 Fellows, including former Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, former RNC chairman Michael Steele, former Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani, former speechwriter for President Obama Jon Favreau, former adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz Amanda Carpenter, activist, organizer, and author DeRay Mckesson, and former New York City deputy mayor Howard Wolfson.

The IOP’s Pritzker Fellows Program is generously supported by a lead gift from the Pritzker Foundation and a major gift from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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About the University of Chicago Institute of Politics
The nonpartisan Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago is an extracurricular program designed to ignite in young people a passion for politics and public service. In the past six years, the IOP has welcomed over 1,200 guests to campus as part of its Speaker Series, hosted 120 Fellows as part of its resident and visiting Pritzker Fellows Program, supported over 1,200 fully-funded student internships around the world, and helped over 800 students participate in student-led civic engagement projects.