Kennedy School names spring semester fellows

A federal judge, an Iowa caucus winner, a venture capital honcho turned political Svengali and a police commissioner walk into a bar.

Not a bar, exactly, but Harvard.

Harvard’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government named its spring fellows on Thursday, and the list is filled with figures who have played prominent roles in recent Massachusetts and national politics.

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Mark Wolf, a senior judge in the US District Court in Massachusetts, will be a resident fellow. Wolf presided over the 2011 conviction of former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi and the 1990s hearings that unveiled the secret dealings between the FBI and James “Whitey” Bulger. Wolf also ruled that organizers of the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade could exclude gay activists.

Joining Wolf as residential fellows are Bob White, a Bain Capital founding partner who chaired both of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns, former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis, Roll Call political editor Shira T. Center, and Farah Pandith, who was a Department of State special representative to Muslim communities.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a FOX News host who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008, former U.S. Office of Personnel Management official Liz Montoya, and Avshalom Vilan, president of the Israeli Farmer Federal and former Knesset member, were named as visiting fellows.

Shortly after the Kennedy School announcement, Huckabee stirred controversy by stating at a Republican National Committee meeting that Democrats appeal to women by telling them “they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government,” the Washington Post reported .