What do you do after putting a man in the White House? Go to that man’s alma mater, of course.
David Plouffe, President Barack Obama’s campaign during the hard-fought 2008 elections, will be a visiting fellow this spring semester at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP), the institute announced today. Obama is an alumnus of Harvard Law School.
Plouffe will join with other political powerhouses like Elaine Chao, former Labor Department secretary, Tom Ridge, former secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, and columnist Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post. As a fellow, he’ll spearhead discussion groups, sit in on other classes and meet with student groups to talk about policy issues. Chao’s fellowship will start in early spring, and Plouffe and Ridge’s fellowships will begin in April.
“In a year of historic change and challenge, this is an ideal class of fellows to help shape the discussion and the thinking of our students,” said IOP director Bill Purcell. “These fellows uniquely understand the need for public servants and the many roads to public service at a time when this is again at the center of student life and planning and our nation’s agenda.”
IOP fellows occasionally parlay their gig into extended arrangements, whether a professorship or an additional fellowship.