(CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA) – The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics has named former Rep. Barbara Comstock (R, VA-10) and journalist Jamelle Bouie as resident scholars.
Bouie and Comstock will be working with the Center’s staff and students towards its goals of promoting the democratic process and creating an informed citizenry. As resident scholars, both will participate as guest speakers for Center for Politics classes, participate as panelists for Center events, and develop a public program for next year’s spring semester.
Comstock brings years of experience at both the state and federal levels. In 2009, voters in northern Virginia sent Comstock to the House of Delegates. In 2014, she won election to the Tenth Congressional District, which she represented for two terms. She was named as one of the “Top Ten Most Effective Lawmakers” in the 115th Congress by the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a joint effort of the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University. An advocate for women in politics, she established the Barbara Comstock Program for Women in Leadership, which is housed at George Mason University. She currently serves as senior advisor at the law firm of Baker Donelson.
Heralded as “one of the defining commentators on politics and race in the Trump era,” Jamelle Bouie is an opinion columnist for the New York Times. A Virginia Beach native and graduate of the University of Virginia, Bouie previously served as chief political correspondent for Slate magazine. His powerful columns explore the intersections between politics, history, and culture. In 2013, Bouie contributed to the Center’s publication Barack Obama and the New America: The 2012 Election and the Changing Face of Politics and has spoken at Center for Politics events.