Harry Burke is the Manager of the Fellows Program at the Center for the Political Future, where he works to integrate the visiting fellows with USC through programming, classes, and informal student engagement. He also works with Center Leadership to develop and collaborates on different projects carried out by the Center. His fascination with what causes political polarization and partisanship is what drove him to work at CPF. He hopes to answer these questions using his passions: researching complex political topics and writing.
In the summer of 2016, Harry worked on a congressional campaign in New Jersey. After learning the ropes of political campaigning, he took a break from grad school and decided to run for office himself for a local town council seat in his hometown, Hillsborough, NJ. In that campaign, he learned the importance of meeting with local residents at their front doors and how those interactions can break down partisan divisions.
Once he finished grad school in January 2019, Harry decided to pack up his bags and move across the country to Los Angeles. In his free time, Harry loves to read biographies and books about history and American politics. He listens to political podcasts and watches re-runs of his favorite shows on Netflix, which include The West Wing and Parks and Recreation. He also volunteers, when he is home in New Jersey, at Camp Fatima of NJ, a week-long sleep away camp for children with disabilities. He taught himself how to play the guitar in high school and relishes playing tunes from blues guitarists like R.L. Burnside and Mississippi John Hurt as well as folk legend Bob Dylan.
Harry holds a B.A. from St. John’s University in New York City, where he majored in Government and Politics. After undergrad, he enrolled in Rutgers University’s Political Science: United Nations and Global Policy Studies M.A. program. He completed his M.A. in January 2019.