Spring 2021 Fellows and Affiliates

This group of fellows brings experience in reporting, news management, digital media, academia, and philanthropy. They will conduct research on some of the fore-most issues in media, politics and public policy, and hold workshops and lectures for the public and our student community that are sure to drive important conversations.

Upcoming Events

Tips for Academics about Talking to Journalists

Join the Technology and Social Change Project (TaSC) for a training session for academics on talking to journalists. Dr. Joan Donovan will host the 90-minute workshop and offer tips and answer questions. Attendance for this workshop is limited, and applications…

Shanto Iyengar

Part of the Speaker Series on Misinformation, co-sponsored by the NULab at Northeastern University. Shanto Iyengar is the William Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies at Stanford University.  He has served as Co-Principal Investigator of the American National Election Study since…

More Than Ready: Lessons from Women of Color in Public Tech Leadership

Join us for a conversation with Cecilia Muñoz and Shorenstein Center Fellow Kathy Pham to discuss Cecilia’s recent book More than Ready: Be Strong and Be You…and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise. Women of color today are contributing…

Featured Research

European parliament, by Frederic Koberl via Unsplash

The views expressed in Shorenstein Center Discussion Papers are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Harvard Kennedy School orof Harvard University. Discussion Papers have not undergone formal review and approval. Such papers are included in…

Self-Optimization in the Face of Patriarchy: How Mainstream Women’s Media Facilitates White Feminism

The capitalistic, corporate, individualistic narratives of fourth-wave and white feminism are communicated and reinforced by mainstream women’s media. Koa Beck is the former Editor-in-Chief of Jezebel.com, and was a Joan Shorenstein Fellow in Spring 2019. This paper informed and became part of her new book “White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind.”

A Tale of Two Elections, by Thomas E. Patterson, Harvard Kennedy School

Although it is often said that the United States today has a mainstream news system and a conservative news system, these labels don’t fully capture how CBS and Fox covered the 2020 campaign. Their coverage is the tale of two elections, says Thomas E. Patterson, Harvard Kennedy School Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, in the latest installment of his decades-long research on campaign media coverage.

Featured Audio & Video

Neal Gabler

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021 the Shorenstein Center hosted a Speaker Series with former fellow, Neal Gabler, on “What Ted Kennedy Would Say to Joe Biden Now,” moderated by Richard Parker, Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School and a Senior…

Koa Beck

In the wake of the 2020 Presidential Election and the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a growing narrative about “healing” the country and “getting back to normal.” For women and other marginalized genders, specifically, going “back to normal” means exploitative labor, poor…

News

Setti Warren

A message from Shorenstein Center Director Nancy Gibbs, on the announcement of Setti Warren’s appointment to be the next Executive Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics. It is with bittersweet feelings that I share the news about…

Prof Matthew Baum's Covid States Project Shows MA Residents Support COVID Restrictions

The latest survey report out from the COVID States Project, co-authored by the Shorenstein Center’s Professor Matthew Baum, shows that Massachusetts residents overwhelmingly support policies to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, including business and school closures, cancelling public…