Ex-NYC Mayor de Blasio Heads to Harvard as Teaching Fellow


New York — Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is headed this fall as a teaching fellow at Harvard University’s government and public schools Health,

De Blasio, a Democrat who served as mayor from 2014 to 2021, will participate in “a variety of discussions, events, and programming” and teach classes on leadership and public service at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the schools said in separate announcements Wednesday.

Former Boston Acting Mayor Kim Janney will also serve as a fellow in the School of Public Health.

Dean Mitchell A. “We are thrilled to welcome Mayor de Blasio and Mayor Jenny to campus as Menschel Senior Leadership Fellows,” Williams said.

Williams said both officials are grappling with public health crises, including COVID-19, homelessness and the opioid epidemic.

“His insight and his advice will be of great help to students who aspire to public office, as well as to those who wish to lead in other fields,” she said.

At the Institute of Politics, de Blasio will be joined by former Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, among others.

The institute’s interim director, Setty Warren, said de Blasio’s “decades of experience in local government, federal agencies, national campaigns, and running the nation’s largest city will provide invaluable insight to our students and the Harvard community.”

De Blasio, who grew up in Massachusetts and is a staunch Boston Red Sox fan, was prevented by term limits from seeking a third four-year term as mayor.

After a failed campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, de Blasio flirted with running for governor of New York this year and later ran a brief run for a congressional district, which includes his Brooklyn home . Former Federal Prosecutor and Trump indictment Lawyer Daniel Goldman won the Democratic nomination for that seat earlier Tuesday.


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