Our Winter 2019 Pritzker Fellows!

December 17, 2018

By Institute of Politics

Winter 2019 IOP Fellows Cohort, clockwise from top left: Sue Dvorsky, Attorney Gen. Lisa Madigan, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Laura Washington, Matt Strawn, Rep. Peter Roskam

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

“I am thrilled to welcome to campus a cast of accomplished public officials, a leading Chicago journalist, and two party leaders from the state where the 2020 elections will begin,” said IOP founder and director David Axelrod. “From Chicago’s municipal elections to state government and Capitol Hill, our students will have the opportunity to gain insights from Fellows with experiences at every level of government.”

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

Madigan, who chose not to seek a fifth term as Attorney General this year, will discuss her 16 years as the state’s top lawyer and the impact the office can have on state and national issues.

McCaskill, who will leave the Senate in January after two terms, will reflect on her years there and how the issues that matter to Missouri reflect broader national challenges.

Roskam, who is leaving the House after six terms, will hold seminars focused on the inner workings of House leadership, the recent tax bill passed by Congress, and his bipartisan committee work.

Washington will reprise the role she played as an IOP Fellow four years ago by focusing on the crucial upcoming municipal elections. In addition to Washington’s seminars featuring conversations with the city’s mayoral candidates, she will help lead ChiElect, a new IOP initiative that offers UChicago students the chance to get involved in the elections through a series of public programs, civic engagement opportunities, and internship opportunities.

Dvorsky and Strawn will be the IOP’s Iowa Project Fellows, leading seminars focusing on the importance of Iowa as the first state to vote in the presidential election. These seminars, in conjunction with a series of campaign bootcamps and a trip to Des Moines in May, prepare a cohort of UChicago students for their dozens of summer internships there.

Since its formal launch in January 2013, the IOP has hosted 113 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, the Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter, 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 MacArthur Foundation.

For more information about the IOP’s Pritzker’s Fellows Program, please visit http://politics.uchicago.edu/pages/fellows-program, follow the IOP on Facebook at facebook.com/UChicagoPolitics and on Twitter at @UChiPolitics.


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 five years, the IOP has welcomed over 1,000 guests to campus as part of its Speaker Series, hosted 113 fellows as part of its resident and visiting Pritzker Fellows Program, supported over 1,000 fully-funded student internships around the world, and helped over 500 students participate in student-led civic engagement projects.

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