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Center for Politics appoints first resident scholars

Barbara Comstock (left) and Jamelle Boule Public Domain; Dan Addison

The UVA Center for Politics named New York Times opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie (Col ’09) and Barbara Comstock, a former Republican congresswoman, to new roles—resident scholars.

During their yearlong posts, Bouie and Comstock will serve as guest speakers and panelists and participate in other public programs at the nonpartisan center, which promotes the importance of civic engagement. Bouie, former chief political correspondent for Slate, is a political analyst for CBS News. Comstock, an attorney and lobbyist, served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and for two terms in Congress, representing Northern Virginia.

Kyle Kondik, the center’s communications director, said the center plans to bring on more resident scholars. “Part of what we see as our mission is to expose students and members of the community to prominent people in politics from across the ideological spectrum,” Kondik said. “Having both of them fulfills that mission.”