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Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will travel to Harvard this fall as a lecturer in the university’s schools of government and public health.
De Blasio, a Democrat who served as mayor from 2014 to 2021, will participate in “a variety of discussions, events and programs” at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and teach courses on leadership and service public at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, the schools announced in separate announcements on Wednesday.
Kim Janey, the former acting mayor of Boston, will also be a member of the school of public health.
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“We are thrilled to welcome Mayor de Blasio and Mayor Janey to campus as Menschel Senior Leadership Fellows,” said Dean Michelle A. Williams.
Williams said both officials grapple with public health crises including COVID-19, homelessness and the opioid epidemic.
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“Their insights and mentorship will be extremely helpful to students aspiring to public office, as well as those seeking to lead in other sectors,” she said.
At the Institute of Politics, de Blasio will be joined by other fellows, including former Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
Setti Warren, the institute’s acting director, said “de Blasio’s decades of experience in local government, federal agencies, national campaigns and running the nation’s largest city will provide invaluable insights to our students and the Harvard community”.
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De Blasio, who grew up in Massachusetts and is an avid Boston Red Sox fan, was barred by term limits from seeking a third four-year term as mayor.
After an unsuccessful campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, de Blasio flirted with the New York gubernatorial bid this year and then staged a brief run for a congressional district that includes his Brooklyn home. Former federal prosecutor and Trump impeachment attorney Daniel Goldman secured the Democratic nomination for the seat in a primary on Tuesday.