Tara Westover in conversation with Nancy Gibbs

Tara Westover, the author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller Educated, is the Fall 2019 A.M Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence at the Shorenstein Center. She joined Center Director Nancy Gibbs on Tuesday, November 5th in the JFK Jr. Forum at the Kennedy School to talk about writing, memory, and the power, privilege, and impact of education.

Featured Research

A person reads an article about big tech and government regulation

This Policy Paper is part of the Digital Platforms & Democracy Project’s efforts to explain and disseminate ideas about regulation of major technology and digital platform companies. Click here to read more of their research and commentary. The views expressed…

Digital Pay-Meter Playbook

The past half-decade has seen a digital subscription renaissance in the news publishing industry. Our research suggests publishers should invest in capabilities to engage in constant testing and experimentation in digital — to build engagement among digital audiences and ultimately convert engaged readers into paying subscribers.

Small is Beautiful

The decline of the legacy media started long before the Internet, but the Internet exposed a business model that relied too heavily on the wrong customers. This paper argues that subscription might be the only viable business model for digital media in the long run, but a small circulation might be large enough to make news outlets sustainable. Small is beautiful.

Featured Audio & Video

On the Trail of Xi Jinping: A New York Times Correspondent's Time in China

Fall 2019 Shorenstein Fellow Jane Perlez has been a foreign correspondent for the New York Times for nearly 30 years, most recently serving as bureau chief for the paper in Beijing. She previously reported from Kenya, Poland, Austria, Indonesia and…

The Politics of Difference: Race, Technology, and Inclusion

The Technology and Social Change Research Project and the Initiative for Institutional Anti-Racism and Accountability – both core research projects at the Shorenstein Center – recently co-sponsored an event at the IOP JFK Jr. Forum on “The Politics of Difference:…


Digital Governing/Governing Digital

Several of the Shorenstein Center’s flagship projects were featured in the latest edition of the Harvard Kennedy School magazine. This comprehensive overview of the school’s digital efforts includes our work on misinformation, digital platform regulation, and privacy. Read the full…

Adam Moss

Harvard students, both graduate students and undergrads, are encouraged to sign up for our fall semester workshop on building a better political media with Walter Shorenstein Fellow Adam Moss, former Editor-in-Chief of New York Magazine.