IOP Announces Fall 2014 Fellows

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June 26, 2014

By IOP Staff

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

  • Kevin Bleyer, a multiple Emmy award-winning writer most recently with “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and author of the book “Me The People: One Man’s Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America”

  • Megan McArdle, a columnist for Bloomberg View, graduate of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, and author of the book “The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success”

  • Eliseo Medina, former Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) who was described by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most successful labor organizers in the country”

  • Patrick Murphy, a former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania, the first Iraq veteran to serve in Congress, and host of the MSNBC show “Taking The Hill”

  • Steve Schmidt, a Republican political strategist who has advised presidential and gubernatorial candidates such as George W. Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and John McCain, as well as senior decision makers at global corporations, professional sports franchises, non-profit organizations and academic institutions

“I am thrilled to welcome such a distinguished and exciting class of Fellows,” said IOP director David Axelrod. “Their rich and diverse experiences will give our students and the university community a wonderful array of perspectives.”

When they come to campus in September, 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.

Recent Fellows at the IOP include former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, POLITICO columnist Roger Simon, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and The Guardian US columnist Ana Marie Cox. Recent Fellows seminars have featured guests such as Rev. Jesse Jackson, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former White House press secretary Mike McCurry and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 

The IOP’s Fellows in Residence program is generously supported by the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Since its launch in January 2013 the IOP has presented over 400 guest speakers, hosted 34 Fellows and over 200 Fellows seminars, and placed over 500 students in internships around the world.

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