Articles By: Ross Svenson Ross Svenson
Ross Svenson '15 is a Senior Writer for the Harvard Political Review. He is the former Senior U.S. Editor. Ross hails from Northern Virginia. Having attended high school in Washington, D.C., Ross naturally enjoys writing on American politics. In addition to writing for the HPR, Ross serves as the Harvard College Democrats' Campaigns Director, rows for the Harvard lightweight crew team, and is a First Year Outdoor Program Leader.

/ May 14, 2014 9:41 pm

Everyday Empathy at Harvard

To argue Harvard’s culture is defined by an empathy deficiency is to ignore the remarkable display of empathy here every day.

/ May 1, 2013 3:31 pm

A Monumental Step, But More Work Remains

Jason Collins’ announcement on Monday was truly monumental: No matter what his future NBA performance looks like, he will forever be remembered as the first openly gay athlete on a major American sports league team. The palpable buzz both on campus and on social media Web sites gave you a sense that Jason Collins is certainly a name we will ... Read More

/ April 22, 2013 11:50 pm


This week Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) claimed President Obama was using family members of gun violence victims as “props” in his push for background check legislation. I cannot think of a more insulting characterization of these brave advocates, many of whom come from my community in Virginia where families suffered the loss of loved ones in the 2007 Virginia Tech ... Read More

, , , and / April 22, 2013 5:18 pm

Gun Control: Compromise and Defeat

Five HPR writers analyze the Manchin-Toomey background check compromise and the broader gun debate in light of the Senate's recent votes.

/ April 10, 2013 6:22 pm

GOP Challenges Exposed: Rand Paul’s Visit to Howard University

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) gave a speech at Howard University today where he sought to rebrand the Republican Party to the largely black student body in a curious way—by talking about the GOP’s past. This approach may appropriately strike some as strange, given the GOP’s struggles in recent years with minority and young voters. What Paul means by past, however, ... Read More

/ March 20, 2013 9:16 pm

Avoiding the Press

Last month, the White House press corps exploded in frustration over its lack of access to President Obama–an incident set off by the president’s private golf outing with Tiger Woods. While choosing this episode to cite may have trivialized reporters’ concerns, their complaint touched on the real problems associated with a “new normal” in the journalist-newsmaker relationship. Politicians no longer need reporters ... Read More

/ March 7, 2013 2:42 pm

New Statistics Indicate Gun Control Works

A new study could bolster the argument for gun control.

/ January 28, 2013 2:40 am

In Defense of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Ross Svenson responds to criticism of the depiction of torture in Kathryn Bigelow's latest film.

, , , and / January 28, 2013 2:40 am

Oscar Picks and Predictions

HPR writers explore the 85th Academy Awards.

/ November 18, 2012 1:29 pm

Chicago: The Fight For America’s Schools

The Chicago teachers' strike represents the start of a battle for control over education policy.

, , , , and / August 14, 2012 11:20 pm

Analyzing the Paul Ryan Pick

Six HPR writers analyze Mitt Romney's recent choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate.

/ June 12, 2012 10:53 am

The President’s Club, by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

The President's Club illuminates the network of current and ex-executives.

/ March 20, 2012 2:35 am

Mitt Romney’s Harvard Problem

Romney's air of disconnectedness will continue to haunt him in the nominating process.

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