Past Fellows and Visiting Faculty
Spring 2012 Fellows
Nina Easton is a Goldsmith Fellow at the Shorenstein Center. She is Fortune magazine’s Washington columnist and senior editor, covering politics and economics in the nation’s capital. She is a regular panelist on “Fox News Sunday” and “Special Report,” and has provided analysis for numerous other shows, including “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation,” “This Week,” and “Charlie Rose.” She is the author of Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Ascendancy, which chronicled the rise of modern conservatism. As the Washington deputy bureau chief for The Boston Globe, she co-authored the book John F. Kerry: A Complete Biography and helped oversee the paper’s 2004 election coverage. In 2008, she covered the presidential election for Fortune and served as a primetime commentator on Fox News. During a decade-long career at the Los Angeles Times, Easton’s articles won numerous national awards. In addition to her editorial duties at Fortune, Easton serves as co-chair of the magazine’s annual Most Powerful Women Summit. She is originally from California and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of U.C. Berkeley. Her research project at the Shorenstein Center will examine how Americans’ view of the rich is affected by growing income inequality. Discussion Paper: Rebelling Against the Rich: Lessons from the media’s coverage of the 1% divide.
Nazila Fathi is a journalist, translator and commentator on Iran. She reported out of Iran for nearly two decades until 2009 when she was forced to leave the country because of government threats against her. She was based in Tehran from 2001 for The New York Times until she left, during a time when she wrote over 2,000 articles for the Times. Prior to that, she wrote for Time magazine, Agence France-Presse and the Times. She translated a book, History and Documentation of Human Rights in Iran, by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Shirin Ebadi, into English in 2001. She has written for The New York Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Nieman Reports, and the online publication, openDemocracy. Fathi has been a guest speaker on CNN, BBC, CBC, NPR, and at several academic institutions including Stanford University and Harvard University. She received her MA in political science from the University of Toronto in 2001. In 2003 she was awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship at Lund University. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 2010-11. Fathi’s project at the Shorenstein Center, as part of a book on Iran, will trace the influence of satellite television, the Internet and the press on Iranian civil society from 1993 to 2003. Discussion Paper: Dispatches From an Unfinished Uprising: The Role of Technology in the 2009 Iranian Protest Movement.
H.D.S. (David) Greenway is a contributing columnist for The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune and GlobalPost. He was the editorial page editor of The Boston Globe, and before that its national editor, and foreign editor tasked with setting up the Globe‘s foreign news bureaus. As a foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, he was posted to Jerusalem, Saigon and Hong Kong; and for Timemagazine, London, Washington, Saigon, Bangkok, Hong Kong and the United Nations. He has reported from 96 countries, and covered conflicts in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, Burma, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. He served in the U.S. Navy, and was educated at Yale and Oxford. Greenway was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1971. In 2009 he was awarded the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting from Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Discussion Paper: Anatomy of a Secret.
Ron Suskind is the A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence. One of the country’s most celebrated non-fiction writers, Suskind was The Wall Street Journal‘s senior national affairs writer from 1993 to 2000, where he won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing and wrote A Hope in the Unseen, a critically-acclaimed 1998 bestseller which followed inner city honor students in their struggles to learn and survive. He has since written four New York Times bestsellers: The Price of Loyalty, on the conduct and character of the Bush presidency; The One Percent Doctrine, an investigation of America’s frantic efforts to fight terrorism after 9/11; The Way of the World, about the global search for security and hope in an era of violent extremism; and his most recent book Confidence Men, which revealed the internal struggles of the Obama White House in responding to the nation’s economic collapse. He currently contributes to The New York Times Magazine and Esquire and is a frequent commentator for the electronic media. As the Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence, he will be conducting four workshops for students about the process of reporting and writing entitled, “Truth and Consequences: Crafting Powerful Narratives in the Age of Message.”
Spring 2012 Visiting Faculty
Susan Crawford is the Visiting Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at the Kennedy School and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. She is a professor at Cardozo Law School in New York City and a columnist for Bloomberg View and Wired. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations. Ms. Crawford was formerly a professor at the University of Michigan Law School. She was a member of the board of directors of ICANN from 2005-2008. She is one of Fast Company‘s Most Influential Women in Technology (2009); an IP3 Awardee (2010); and one of Prospect Magazine’s Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future (2011). Ms. Crawford received her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University. She served as a clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale, Washington, D.C.). In 2012 Yale University Press will publish her book, The Big Squeeze: The Crisis in American Communications. She will be teaching a Kennedy School course entitled “Solving Problems Using Digital Technology.”
Micah L. Sifry is the Visiting Murrow Lecturer of the Practice of Press and Public Policy. Since 2004, he has been co-founder, editor and curator of the Personal Democracy Forum (PdF), a website and annual conference that covers the ways technology is changing politics. He is also the editor of TechPresident.com, PdF’s award-winning blog on how politicians are using the web and how the web is using them. TechPresident received the 2007 Knight-Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism. Sifry also speaks and writes widely on the topics of technology, politics and transparency and consults on how political organizations, campaigns, non-profits and media entities can adapt to and thrive in a networked world. Sifry has been a senior technology adviser to the Sunlight Foundation since its founding in 2006. He also joined the board of directors of Consumers Union in October 2010. He is the author or editor of six books, most recently WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency. He is the former associate editor of The Nation magazine. Sifry graduated from Princeton University with a BA in politics in 1983 and received an MA in politics from New York University in 1989. He will be teaching “The Politics of the Internet” at the Kennedy School.