About this Booklet

The Harvard Gov Prefresher is held each year in August. All relevant information is on our website, including the day-to-day schedule. The 2020 Prefresher instructors are Laura Royden and Hunter Rendleman, and the faculty sponsor is Gary King.

This booklet serves as the text for the Prefresher, available as a webpage updated automatically and as a printable PDF updated manually. It is the product of generations of Prefresher instructors. See below for a full list of instructors and contributors.

For information about the role of the prefresher (or "math camp") as a introduction to graduate school, you may also be interested in "The Math Prefresher and The Collective Future of Political Science Graduate Training", in PS: Political Science & Politics, by Gary King, Shiro Kuriwaki, and Yon Soo Park.

Authors and Contributors

  • Past Authors and Instructors: Curt Signorino 1996-1997; Ken Scheve 1997-1998; Eric Dickson 1998-2000; Orit Kedar 1999; James Fowler 2000-2001; Kosuke Imai 2001-2002; Jacob Kline 2002; Dan Epstein 2003; Ben Ansell 2003-2004; Ryan Moore 2004-2005; Mike Kellermann 2005-2006; Ellie Powell 2006-2007; Jen Katkin 2007-2008; Patrick Lam 2008-2009; Viridiana Rios 2009-2010; Jennifer Pan 2010-2011; Konstantin Kashin 2011-2012; Soledad Prillaman 2013; Stephen Pettigrew 2013-2014; Anton Strezhnev 2014-2015; Mayya Komisarchik 2015-2016; Connor Jerzak 2016-2017; Shiro Kuriwaki 2017-2018; Yon Soo Park 2018; Meg Schwenzfeier (2019); Shannon Parker (2019).
  • Repository Maintainer: Shiro Kuriwaki (kuriwaki)
  • Contributors: Thanks to Juan Dodyk (juandodyk), Hunter Rendleman (hrendleman), and Tyler Simko (tylersimko) for contributing to the booklet for corrections and improvements as students.


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