The IOP Announces Fall Quarter 2015 Fellows

September 9, 2015

By Institute of Politics

(Photo - Clockwise from top left: Husain Haqqani, Jessica Yellin, Tom Dart, Matthew Dowd, and Reihan Salam)

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics today announced the five Fellows who will come to campus during the upcoming Fall Quarter:

  • Tom Dart, the Sheriff of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States and home of the nation’s largest single site jail
  • Matthew Dowd, ABC News political analyst, Independent, and former chief strategist for George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign
  • Husain Haqqani, former Pakistan ambassador to the United States and current Director for South & Central Asia at the Hudson Institute
  • Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review, Policy Fellow at the National Review Institute, and co-author of “Grand New Party”
  • Jessica Yellin, former chief White House correspondent for CNN who previously worked at ABC News and MSNBC

“I look forward to these Fellows sharing their invaluable perspectives and experiences on a diverse range of subjects with our students this fall,” said IOP director David Axelrod. “From the country’s broken criminal justice system to the upcoming 2016 election and the media’s coverage of it, this group of Fellows will bring great insights on a number of key political issues.”

When they come to campus this quarter, the Fellows will interact with students and faculty, participate in public forums and, along with guests, lead off-the-record seminars on current political and public policy topics.

As someone who oversees the country’s largest single site jail, Dart has seen first-hand many challenges facing America’s criminal justice system, giving him a unique perspective for his seminar series this fall.

Dowd, who as an ABC News analyst and special correspondent regularly appears on programs such as “Good Morning America” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” will co-lead a biweekly series with Axelrod called “Campaign 2016: WTF?” In Axelrod and Dowd, this brings together the leading strategists for the last four victorious presidential campaigns to provide a timely and revealing analysis of the 2016 presidential race as it unfolds.

With Pakistan – once seen as a great ally – now viewed as one of America’s most difficult international partners, Haqqani will discuss the many forces shaping politics in his homeland and the critical, complex role Pakistan plays in U.S. foreign policy.

Salam, co-author of the 2008 book “Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream,” will examine the changing demographic composition of the U.S. population and what it means for the future of this country’s politics.

During this election year, Yellin, whose award-winning journalism career spanned a number of major networks, will look at whether news outlets appear more concerned with covering scandals, outrage, and rhetoric than educating the public, and how journalists might improve political coverage.

To register for the Fall 2015 Fellows seminars, please visit the IOP's events calendar.

Since its launch in January 2013 the IOP has hosted 50 Fellows, including former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, former speechwriter for President Obama Jon Favreau, Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report, Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, former Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, and former New York City deputy mayor Howard Wolfson. The IOP’s Fellows in Residence program is generously supported by the Pritzker Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

For more information about the IOP Fellowship Program, please visit and follow the IOP on Facebook and Twitter.


The Institute of Politics is a nonpartisan extracurricular program designed to ignite in University of Chicago students a passion for politics and public service. Three programs form the core of the initiative: a visiting fellows program where political officials, policymakers, journalists and others involved in politics and policy share their experiences with students and others over an academic quarter; an expanded set of policy and public interest internships and civic engagement projects; and a continuous series of public speakers discussing current events and political life.

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