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Miller Center Senior Fellows

Melody Barnes, Eric Edelman, Mary Kate Cary, Chris Lu, Saikrishna Prakash, and Douglas Blackmon will author op-eds, participate in social media, and help advance work with former White House officials 

We are pleased to announce first class of Senior Fellows, a group of five accomplished government and academic professionals who will help advance the Center’s mission of applying the lessons of history and scholarship to contemporary governance challenges. 


Beginning in January 2017, this inaugural class of fellows will publish essays and op-eds as resident experts on the presidency and public policy, make themselves available to the media for commentary and perspective on current events, assist in advancing the Center's work with former White House officials, and contribute to social media initiatives through online chats and live videos. 


These six felllows bring a diverse range of perspectives and experiences, complementing the Miller Center's scholarly expertise in U.S. presidential and political history: 

Chris Lu

*Deputy secretary of the Department of Labor

*White House cabinet secretary and assistant to the president

*Executive Director of the Presidential transition planning efforts for President-elect Obama

Melody Barnes

*Co-founder and principal of MBSquared Solutions, a domestic policy firm
*Former assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council for President Barack Obama 
*Former chief counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy

Eric Edelman

*James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center
*Former undersecretary for defense policy for President George W. Bush
*Former national security advisor to Vice President Richard Cheney
*Former ambassador to the Republics of Finland and Turkey for the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations

Mary Kate Cary

*Columnist at US News & World Report
*Political analyst for NPR, ABC News, CNN, and Fox News Channel
*Former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush
*Member of the University of Virginia College of Arts & Sciences Foundation Board
*Graduate of the University of Virginia, CLAS 1985

Saikrishna Prakash

*Specialist in constitutional law, foreign relations law, and presidential powers at the University of Virginia School of Law
*Former clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court
*Author of Imperial from the Beginning: The Constitution of the Original Executive

Douglas Blackmon

*Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Slavery by Another Name
*Host of the Miller Center’s American Forum television program
*Co-author of a forthcoming memoir and public policy volume with former Attorney General Eric Holder

Media wishing to reach any of these fellows now or in the future should contact the Miller Center’s media relations team:
Howard Witt: howardwitt@virginia.edu | 434 924 6051
Tom van der Voort: tvdvoort@virginia.edu | 434 962 2863
 

Date edited: 12/21/2016 (9:51AM)


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