The majority of centers offer research and academic fellowships through which fellows can engage in research projects, lead study groups into specific topics and share their experiences with industry and government with the student body. Under Dean Elmendorf, the school has tried to focus its engagement across the political spectrum. This has not been without controversy. Recently, the school came under criticism for offering a fellowship to Chelsea Manning on 13 September 2017. It then publicly rescinded the offer on 15 September 2017 after CIA Director Mike Pompeo, canceled his speaking appointment and sent a letter condemning Harvard for awarding the fellowship.
Tana Johnson is assistant professor of public policy and political science at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Her research interests include global governance, international organizations, energy and environmental policy and US foreign policy. Tana's work has been included in publications such as International Organization, Journal of Politics, Review of International Organizations and The Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency. Her book Organizational Progeny (Oxford Press, 2014) examines the role of international bureaucrats in designing new institutions — the book is the recipient of the International Studies Association’s 2015 Chadwick F. Alger Prize for the best book on international organization and multilateralism. Tana has received research fellowships from the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University and from the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University. She serves as a faculty advisor and instructor for Duke’s Program on Global Policy and Governance, which places graduate students in internships in international governmental and non-governmental organizations in Geneva, Switzerland. She received her PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago.