Each semester, we host three ideologically diverse Fellows on campus, who expose students to a wide array of perspectives, broadening and challenging their understanding of government while strengthening civil dialogue on campus and within our community.
Our Fellows spend the semester leading 2-unit seminar courses as well as hosting office hours, roundtable discussions, and bi-partisan political panels designed to benefit students and the broader community.
Meet Our Fellows- These Fellows are specialists in practical politics, excelling in on-the-ground political stratagem and robust, real-world policy solutions. They serve as an invaluable resource to students and the broader community, in the classroom and through event participation.
Classes (POSC410)- The cornerstone of the Fellows Program is the semester-long class designed and taught individually by each Fellow and associated guest lecturers to a group of 15-20 undergraduate students on a specific topic of the Fellow's choosing, ranging from immigration to campaign finance. Students in enrolled in POSC410 also have access to one-on-one career counseling sessions with Fellows, providing unprecedented career opportunities.
Fellows Roundtable Series- CPF Fellows partake in a virtual discussion series where students ask the Fellows anything they want – from career advice to the 2020 presidential election to where to live in DC. These unique conversations guide participants toward tough issues, creative solutions, and navigating differences. Attendees are expected to come to the table researched and prepared. In partnership with Unruh Associates.
Fellows also participate in dozens of CPF Political Conversations and conferences throughout the year.
View all our events on our Upcoming Events Calendar.
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"As someone deeply interested in both journalism and politics, the Fellows Program has been a valuable and unique opportunity for me as a USC student. I was able to engage with, and learn from, renowned guest speakers who joined our class each week to discuss the Democratic debates and the future of both parties. I can't express enough how incredible it was to have access to these leaders in the media and politics and to have candid, open conversations. Adam Nagourney was a great Fellow who actively encouraged our participation in the class and created an environment where students and guest speakers felt safe to discuss, debate, and question current events in real time."
-Chandra Ingram, Senior, Journalism and International Relations and Global Economy
"Having the opportunity to be a part of the Center for Political Future’s Fellows Program was the highlight of my first semester at USC. My experience centered around taking a ten week course on the role of interest group politics in our federal government taught by Ron Christie, the former advisor to President George W. Bush. Throughout the ten weeks, our class got a behind-the-scenes look at the orthodox and unorthodox mechanisms of lawmaking in the lobbying process, legislative branch and executive office. With over thirty years of experience, Professor Christie’s was able to bring the subject matter and readings to life. I am extremely thankful for the Center for Political Future for providing me with this experience and I hope to continue to use it as a resource as I progress in my academic career."
-Adam Jackman, Freshman, Political Science
"While the American people continue to grow closer to online identities and virtual networks, it is strange that many have come to distrust journalists who, for decades, have packaged hard-hitting truths into “byte” sizes for the public. Through quite serious but feel-good storytelling, Ann Klenk revealed that what lies behind TV screens is the same as what lies behind your front door. With her rolodex of industry pioneers, she taught meaningful journalism through the eyes of people who are skeptics. Going into this class, there was so little I understood about the political world. And while I still do not know everything, this class taught to never be satisfied until I do."
-Julianna Montano, Freshman, Philosophy, Politics and Law