Former Trump aide Dina Powell joins Harvard as senior fellow

Former Trump aide Dina Powell joins Harvard as senior fellow

Former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell will be joining Harvard University as a non-resident senior fellow, the university announced on Monday.

Powell earlier in the year resigned from her post in the White House, where she helped drive much of the Trump administration's Middle East policy.

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As a senior fellow, Powell will contribute to the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Center for Science and International Affairs, a wing of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, the university said.

“Powell will share her expertise on American foreign policy, the Middle East, and international politics with Kennedy School students, faculty, and fellows in seminars, study groups, and meetings on campus during the coming year,” Harvard said in a statement. “She will contribute to the Future of Diplomacy Project’s objective of advancing the critical importance of diplomacy, addressing national security threats, and focusing on negotiations in international politics today.”

Powell served in various roles for the George W. Bush White House and worked at Goldman Sachs for more than a decade prior to joining the Trump administration.