On Tuesday, Oct. 19, Elaine Kamarck kicks off the fall semester's President's Forum lecture series with a discussion on the upcoming presidential election. The discussion, titled “Will History Repeat Itself?–The Election of 2004,”will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The talk is free and open to the public.
As a lecturer of public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, Kamarck conducts research on 21st century government, the role of the Internet in political campaigns, homeland defense, intelligence reorganization, and governmental reform and innovation.
Prior to joining Harvard, Kamarck served for nearly five years as senior policy adviser to former Vice President Al Gore. She worked directly with Gore to create the National Performance Review (NPR), a White House policy council that oversaw a downsizing of the civilian work force and passing of the first government-wide buy-out bill and two major procurement reform bills. In addition, the NPR conducted two major performance audits of the federal government and proposed a major reform initiative aimed at improving the government's regulatory agencies.
Prior to joining the White House, Kamarck was a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, the think tank of the Democratic Leadership Council. In that capacity, she and her colleague, Bill Galston, published policy papers that were to become the Democratic platform on which President Bill Clinton ran in 1992.
Kamarck also has worked as a columnist with Newsday and the Los Angeles Times from 1988 to 1992. She also has appeared on “ABC News,” “Nightline,” “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” CNN and C-SPAN.
Kamarck holds a bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.