Sarah Palin Appointed Visiting Scholar at Harvard

Feb 18, 2013

120312_han_palin1_640Former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has joined Harvard University as a visiting scholar.

According to an official press release, the conservative pundit and reality television star will teach four courses over three years at Harvard's prestigious Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass., beginning in fall 2013.

The transition to academia comes just weeks after Palin was unceremoniously released form her contract at Fox News, which had served as her primary source of income since 2009.

The former Alaskan governor will focus her classes on topics close to her heart, including the war on terror, welfare reform, U.S. evangelicals, and oil and gas development.

She will also join Harvard's Consortium for Energy Policy Research, and is expected to contribute several peer-reviewed research papers concerning the economic efficiency of Alaska's oil-funded sovereign wealth fund.

Intellectual Elan

Some have reacted with surprise to Palin's move to academic life, given her public reputation as an anti-intellectual. However, David T. Ellwood, the dean of Harvard's  Kennedy School, says there is nothing unusual about the appointment.

"World-class universities routinely hire former high-level public officials to teach courses on a visiting basis," Ellwood says. "We already have former counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke on staff. Spain's ex-prime minister taught at Georgetown. And Tony Blair teaches at Yale.

"As a former governor and a major-party nominee for vice president, Mrs. Palin is certainly a high-level figure. And the Kennedy School will benefit greatly from her knowledge and experience."

Palin has reportedly already been spotted house hunting in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston. Local real estate agent Phillip Dunphy says she toured a $3 million townhouse on Chestnut Street just last week.

"We showed Mrs. Palin a great place," Dunphy says, "but it didn't have a big enough mantle for a moose head, so she declined to make an offer."

Matanuska Maid

According to the press release Palin's course topics seem quite advanced, with a heavy emphasis on the practical application of political philosophy.

The list of her courses includes:

  • John Locke and the State of Exception: Extrajudicial Executive Action In the Age of Terror 
  • The Evolutionary Psychology of The Welfare State
  • Pascal, Chateaubriand and The Modern U.S. Evangelical Movement
  • The Geopolitics of Arctic Hydrocarbon Resource Development

Despite the impressive curricula, some Harvard students are skeptical about their new professor's ability to deliver the intellectually challenging experience they've come to expect.

"Sarah Palin?," exclaims a shocked Dalia Richmond, a second-year masters student in public policy. "The same woman who said her foreign policy experience is seeing Russia from her house? What's she qualified to teach? How to tie a shoe?"

Palin's new role as a professor will finally put to rest the rumors, first reported in the Washington Post, that she would be joining Al-Jazeera as a on-air commentator.

A spokesperson for Palin said that the governor was "thrilled" to be working at Harvard, and hoped to bring a little "Wasilla main street" to the Ivy Towers of America's most venerated university.

When contacted by The Daily Currant, Harvard declined to provide information on Palin's salary and benefit package.

  • this otta be worth another good laughbut, it is kinda like when Sen. DeMint was made head of The Heritage Foundation, most heritage speaches are consertive but at leastthey used to be cohearent

  • Really?!?!!!

  • Turok

    And just like that…Harvard’s reputation has plummeted to ITT TECH level. Pull your applications kids.

  • TurokDumb

    Hey moron. Maybe if you had a brain you would have gotten in but this a satirical news story.

  • Hellpig

    funny but she is still 10 times smarter then Obamadinejad

  • Saqib Ali

    “Local real estate agent Phillip Dunphy”

    Are you kidding me?!?! This guy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Modern_Family_characters#Phil_Dunphy

    Wow. Life imitating art imitating life imitating art……

    Mind Blown.

  • Linda1961

    You don’t get satire, do you?

  • disqusux

    Love that sub-heading ‘Matanuska Maid’ sub-heading!

    Did the Washington Post really report that about al-Jazeera? tsk tsk tsk

  • juicyfruityy

    I guess she must of finally showed those college degrees? LOL

  • trollolol

    well we know you didn’t go to harvard

  • Laura

    What´s so hard to believe? Harvard is extremely conservative and has hired other totally questionable people to teach. Don´t see the satire.

  • andrewyliao

    Oh my god you idiots. The Daily Currant is satirical

  • Geoff

    Its not 1st April already.

  • chainsawhandz

    “Some have reacted with surprise to Palin’s move to academic life, given her public reputation as an anti-intellectual.” OK, now I see that’s why this one’s supposed to funny too. Thanks for the explaining the punchline again.

  • Palin will lecture to a room full of empty chairs.

  • DetroitSam

    Every time I read this I laugh so hard that my face hurts. I have to stop now.

  • DetroitSam

    Can’t compose an intelligent and gramatical sentence either.

  • Do they at Hogvard understand the definition of Scholar??? And she was not a “high” level public official. She was a 1 term Governor of mostly un-inhabited snowscape and didn’t even complete her 4 year position!!! Ass-hats handing out grifter money!!!!

  • pizzaman

    All of Palin’s shoes are printed with ” TGIF ” in big red letters on the inside of each shoe !! ” Toes Go In First ” !!!

  • disqus_eric

    I don’t know about the first 3, but she could definitely go toe-to-toe w/ anyone in this farcical administration when it comes to oil & gas development. Yeah, this site is satire, but doesn’t mean we can’t explore the ideas presented, does it?

  • Excalibre


    Not exactly Harvard material yourself, apparently.

  • Breitbart Editor

    I can’t recognize obvious humor.

  • shivabeach

    Really? Really? REALLY? I guess that’s why the United States is set to become the largest exporter of oil in the world within a couple years. I guess that’s why there is an oil glut in the United States. Trust me there is absolutely nothing Sarah Palin could teach anyone about energy except how to flip a switch. Palin on Fox prove she knew absolutely nothing about how gas and oil prices were set. She was hopelessly out of her league

  • OMG. I guess that Harvard has lowered it’s standards as well?