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Dawson Springs native Jennings named Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School


Dawson Springs native Scott Jennings, a conservative columnist and CNN Political Commentator, has been appointed a Resident Fellow for the Spring semester at The Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Scott Jennings

A native of Dawson Springs, Jennings graduated from the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center for Political Leadership in 2000 and has been part of the national political and media landscape for nearly 20 years. His study group at The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School will explore the status of the two-party system and the rise of tribalism.

Jennings will interact with students, develop and lead weekly study groups, collaborate with other IOP programs, and participate in the intellectual and social life of the Harvard community.

“We will explore the weakness in the two-party system, the rise of tribalism, and talk about what that means for the future of American politics,” Jennings said. “I’ve written on this before and worry a great deal about the geographic and cultural divisions among the American electorate.”

Jennings is founding partner of Louisville-based RunSwitch Public Relations, and appears regularly on CNN as a political commentator to discuss political strategy and public policy. He is a veteran of four presidential campaigns and numerous U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and local elections. He served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush from 2005-2007, and in senior roles during Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s last three reelection campaigns. Jennings was previously an award-winning journalist and today writes a regular newspaper column for the Louisville Courier-Journal. His writing also appears in USA Today, RealClearPolitics, and CNN.com.

Other 2018 spring resident fellows are Adam Conner, a Washington, D.C. employee for tech companies; Ed Gillespie, former RNC Chairman and candidate for U.S. Senate and governor in Virginia; Fred P. Hochberg, former chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States; Betsy Hodges, former mayor of Minneapolis; and Symone Sanders, CNN political commentator and former press secretary to presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.

From Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government


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