IOP 50th Anniversary Interviews

The HPR interviewed eight former IOP students and two former directors to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

Interview: Former U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke

Born in Seattle, Washington, Gary Locke, a third-generation Chinese American, served as the first governor of Asian descent in the continental United States, as the 21st governor of Washington from 1997 to 2005. Following that experience, he served in the Obama administration as United States Secretary of Commerce from 2009 to 2011, and later as U.S. […]

On Criminal Justice Reform and LGBT Rights: Interview with MA Attorney General Maura Healey

“Discrimination is discrimination. Discrimination isn’t justified in the name of religious freedom.”

Interview: Congressman Brendan Boyle

“…a constructive, healthy debate needs to take place in the Democratic Party.”

On Immigration and Education: Interview with Congressman Joaquín Castro

“Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and the other Republican candidates have turned the discussion over immigration into a nasty one. They have made it harder for the parties to come together and for Americans to come together on a solution.”

Spring 2016 IOP Fellows Interview: Christopher Smart

“I think our biggest issue, as a world, is probably still income inequality…. I think we need to really think through how we can use our technology and our ideas to help provide wide opportunities for very poor people and bring them out of what seems like a grounding existence.”