Category: Fellows, Press Releases and Announcements

Title: Meet the Fall 2021 GU Politics Fellows

Today, the Institute of Politics and Public Service at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy welcomes the first in-person class of Fellows in over a year and a half! 

The GU Politics Fellows Program brings the biggest names in politics back to campus. We believe in the power of connecting students with practitioners to have a conversation that flows two ways— where students learn from leaders in the arena, and leaders learn from students about how to do politics better. This group of Fellows can’t wait to get to campus, host their weekly discussion groups, and meet with YOU during their office hours.

Web Slider Fellows FA 2021

Watch the Fall 2021 GU Politics Fellows Announcement Video

  • Charlotte Clymer (S’ 16): Former Press Secretary for Rapid Response, The Human Rights Campaign; Transgender activist and military veteran
  • Rory Cooper: Republican Strategist; Communications Director to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA); Senior Staff in the White House Office for Homeland Security, Bush Administration
  • Ambassador Bob Lighthizer (C’69, L‘73): US Trade Representative, Trump Administration
  • Amna Nawaz: Chief Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
  • Rebecca Pearcey: Political Director and Senior Advisor, Elizabeth Warren for President
  • Brian Stelter: Chief Media Correspondent & Host of “Reliable Sources,” CNN

As we return back to campus after over a year away, we’ve built a class of Fellows that matches the energy students are bringing back to the Hilltop. Get ready for dynamic discussions about the strategies reformers are using to “fix” a broken politics, the new era of great power competition between the U.S. and China, how to design a national security apparatus for the modern era (and get it passed through Congress!), the power and backlash generated by increased representation in the newsroom, how to curb rampant disinformation online and address biases in our media, the impact of electoral winners and losers on social and political policies, and so much more. You’ll be challenged, informed, and inspired through this rare peek behind the curtain at the way Washington works.


How can you make the most of the Fellows’ expertise and the access they bring to the world of politics?

  • Discussion groups | For eight weeks only, our Fellows host weekly 90-minute, off the record discussions. You’ll talk big ideas and the specific details needed to put them into practice… and be shocked by the special guests and experts they’ll bring. Discussion groups are open to everyone— undergraduates, grad students, Georgetown alumni, and DC community members. Read their discussion group topics.
  • Office hours | Imagine being mentored by politicos at the top of their field. Hang out with our Fellows one-on-one to chat about anything from news of the day, to getting your start in public service, to your burning questions about behind the scenes moments in politics you can’t hear anywhere else. This opportunity is only open to undergrad and grad students.
  • Student Strategy Teams | Collaborate closely with one of the Fellows by joining their team of five students who craft discussion group topics, help with research and campus outreach, and partner with the Fellow to brainstorm fresh ideas to make politics work better. Learn more and apply.


FELLOWS FEST & GU Politics Kickoff

On September 9th from 4-5:30 PM, please join us for our GU Politics Open House with the Fall 2021 Fellows! You can learn more about our Fellows’ backgrounds, what they have planned for the semester, and ask any questions you might have! A special McCourt School Happy Hour with the Fellows will immediately follow.


We hope you’ll also consider getting involved with GU Politics in other ways this year by:

  • Attending our Forum events and Fellows discussion groups
  • Joining our student leadership teams
  • Subscribing to our calendar so you never miss out on the action
  • Engaging with us on social media at @GUPolitics across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat
  • Checking out our awesome home in Healy Hall (room G-18) and getting to know our team in person. The GU Politics Living Room, the hub of the political community on campus, is always open for students to hang out, have conversation, and build new friendships. We have comfy sofas, snacks & coffee, and a huge TV where you can catch up on the news.

At GU Politics, we have a motto: Public service is a good thing. Politics can be, too. Our students and the connections they forge with newsmakers and leaders through our Institute give us the hope that we can transform politics for the better. We can’t wait to get started with you this semester.

Hoya Saxa,

Mo Elleithee (SFS ’94)

Executive Director
Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Policy

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