RELEASE: New America Announces 2014 Fellows

Published:   May 16, 2013

The New America Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of the following 2014 Fellows who will join us on Sept. 1:

Perry Bacon, Jr. will explore the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the American South. He is currently a political editor for NBC’s theGrio.com and an on-air political analyst for MSNBC. Previously, Bacon was a White House and congressional correspondent for The Washington Post. He has also been a national political correspondent at TIME Magazine. He is a graduate of Yale University.

Kathryn Bowers will write articles about the experience of immigrant integration into U.S. society, and a book exploring how geographic environments help shape human cultures.  She currently teaches writing at UCLA.  She is co-author of Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health. Previously, Bowers was a staff editor of the Atlantic, writer at CNN-International in London, and media liaison for USAID at the United States Embassy in Moscow. She is a graduate of Stanford University.

Shane Harris will write a book on cyber warfare, to be published by Eamon Dolan Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is currently a senior writer at The Washingtonian, where he has a national security blog called “Dead Drop.” He is the author of The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance, which won the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. Previously, Harris was a technology editor and staff writer at Government Executive and an intelligence and homeland security correspondent at the National Journal. He is the recipient of the 2010 Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University. Harris will be a Future Tense Fellow at New America.

Anya Kamenetz will write a book about the future of testing in K-12 schools. She is a contributing writer for Fast Company Magazine and the author of several books, including Generation Debt and DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education. Kamenetz was named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by The Huffington Post and has received two National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association. She is a graduate of Yale University.

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan will write a book on General George Marshall’s mission to China as a case study of the limits of American power, to be published by W.W. Norton. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi and a Senior Adviser to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From 2010 to 2012, Kurtz-Phelan advised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a member of her policy planning staff. He has also been a speechwriter for Secretary Clinton and a senior editor of Foreign Affairs magazine. He is a graduate of Yale University.

Wendy Paris will write a book challenging the negative assumptions surrounding divorce. Splitopia, to be published by Simon and Schuster in 2015, will show how changes in divorce laws and customs over the past 40 years, as well as a growing understanding of human psychology, have greatly improved how we part. Previously, Paris has worked as a freelance journalist, a TV and radio reporter and producer and a strategic communications consultant. She was a 2012 Social Purpose Fellow through Encore.org, serving as the director of communications for Sustainable South Bronx. She is a graduate of the University of Houston and has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from Columbia University.

Matthew Pinsker will write a biography of Abraham Lincoln, focusing on his record as a political party leader. Boss Lincoln, forthcoming from W.W. Norton & Co., offers new insights about the history of American partisanship through the biography of its greatest practitioner. Currently, Pinsker is a visiting research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, where he is working on presidential war powers and an online course about U.S. civil-military relations. He holds the Brian Pohanka Chair of Civil War History at Dickinson and serves as director of the House Divided Project. He is the author of two books, including Lincoln's Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home. He is a graduate of Harvard College and has a PhD in modern history from the University of Oxford.

J. Peter Scoblic will research U.S. nuclear strategy. He is currently the executive editor of Foreign Policy. He is the author of U.S. vs. Them: Conservatism in the Age of Nuclear Terror, which he wrote as a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Previously, Scoblic was deputy staff director of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, where he worked on approval of the New START treaty and was the chief foreign policy speechwriter for Chairman John Kerry. Scoblic has also been the executive editor of The New Republic and the editor of Arms Control Today. He is a graduate of Brown University.

Louisa Thomas will write about the intersections between sports, culture, and politics. She will also write a biography of Louisa Catherine Adams, to be published by Penguin Press. Thomas is a contributor to Grantland. She is the author of Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family--A Test of Will and Faith in World War I. Previously, Thomas was on the editorial staff of the New Yorker. She is a graduate of Harvard College.

Meredith Wadman will write a book about a unique group of cells that are widely used in scientific research and for making vaccines that have immunized hundreds of millions of people. She is currently a biomedical policy reporter for Nature. Previously, she has been a contributing writer for Fortune. Wadman is a graduate of Stanford University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She began medical school at the University of British Columbia and completed medical school as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. Wadman will be a Future Tense Fellow at New America.

Hao Wu will develop documentary projects revealing the complexities of modern China. Originally trained as a molecular biologist, Wu now travels between the Internet and filmmaking worlds. He directed and produced "Beijing or Bust," a feature documentary shown on PBS. His second feature, "The Road to Fame," will have its world premiere at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2013. He is also producing "Zanta," a feature documentary about a Tibetan widow’s struggle to raise her son in Beijing. In the Internet world, Wu has worked in management positions in Silicon Valley and with Alibaba and Yahoo in China. He was also the China Country Manager for TripAdvisor. He is a graduate of the University of Science and Technology of China, Brandeis University and the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

About the New America Fellows Program

The New America Fellows Program supports talented journalists, academics and other public policy analysts who offer a fresh and often unpredictable perspective on the major challenges facing our society. Fellows are selected on a highly competitive basis, and serve — some full-time, some on an adjunct basis — for one or two years. New America provides them with a non-partisan intellectual community where they can pursue their individual research projects. The Fellows benefit from their engagement with each other, and with New America's various policy programs, while their presence adds to the intellectual verve of the institution and helps shape its longer-term agenda and focus.

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