Technology and Democracy Fellowship

The Technology and Democracy Fellowship has been suspended for Academic Year 2022-2023.

The Technology and Democracy Fellowship is part of an Ash Center initiative to explore technology’s role in improving democratic governance—with a focus on connecting to practice and on helping Harvard Kennedy School students develop crucial technology skills.

Over the course of the fellowship, participants design, develop, or refine a substantive project that is salient to their field. This project could entail research, writing, and developing strategy relating to each fellow’s work, or could take the form of a new platform, service, app, or idea.

Technology and Democracy Fellows form a virtual community through which they share ideas and resources, pose questions, offer feedback, and help one another with solving challenges in their projects or other work. The Kennedy School serves as a unique space for these technologists to take a step back from the day-to-day minutia working in the world of practice to discuss, research, and write about the bigger questions their work addresses.  

Fellows also help students, staff, faculty, and other members of the HKS community to develop their understanding of major concepts and to build skills related to technology and governance. This knowledge sharing is primarily delivered through a hands-on, skill-building workshop that each fellow designs and leads once during the year on a topic of interest to the fellow. Find upcoming workshops here.  Fellows can also develop personal relationships with faculty, staff, and fellows at HKS in the form of consultation and mentoring, event/speaking opportunities, and more. Fellows are encouraged to even further contribute to the broader technology and democracy discussion through the Ash Center's multimedia.

Fellow Spotlight

Sofia Gross"I've had the most amazing time engaging with the advisors, staff and students of Harvard Kennedy School through the support and guidance of the Ash Center. The team is always accessible, excited to collaborate and eager to learn about the expertise you bring to the larger Harvard community. I wish I could do it again!" 

—Sofia Gross, 2018-19 Technology and Democracy Fellow 

Projects Produced by Former Technology and Democracy Fellows

Web platform designed to Explore Campaign Finance by Solomon Kahn, Technology and Democracy Fellow, 2015-2016

Election toolkit for local officials administering elections by Tiana Epps-Johnson, Technology and Democracy Fellow, 2015-2016

Report on modernizing Congress by Zach Grave, Technology and Democracy Fellow, 2018-2019.

Report on how companies can promote voter engagement by Sofia Gross, Technology and Democracy Fellow, 2018-2019.

Academic Year 2020-2021 Fellows

Ashley Bryant, Principal, A/B Partners
Ernest Britt, Senior Campaign Manager, Color of Change
John Patrick Carroll, Deputy Director of Hispanic Media, Republican National Committee
Kevin Chan, Director of Public Policy, Canada, Facebook
Kate Gage, Founding Partner, The Movement Cooperative
Mariana Ruiz Firmat, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Kairos
Vignesh Ganapathy, Head of Government Relations, Postmates