Henry Olsen

Henry Olsen

Senior Fellow

Contact: holsen@eppc.org


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Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how to address, consistent with conservative principles, the electoral challenges facing modern American conservatism.

This work is the basis of his book The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism, published in June 2017.

Mr. Olsen has worked in senior executive positions at many center-right think tanks. He most recently served from 2006 to 2013 as Vice President and Director, National Research Initiative, at the American Enterprise Institute. He previously worked as Vice President of Programs at the Manhattan Institute and President of the Commonwealth Foundation.

Mr. Olsen’s work has been featured in many prominent publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Review, and The Weekly Standard. His pre-election predictions of the 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014 elections were particularly praised for their remarkable accuracy. In the 2016 campaign, he accurately identified the factors fueling the rise of Donald Trump early in the race, and his election eve predictions were more accurate than those of virtually any other major analyst or commentator.

Mr. Olsen started his career as a political consultant at the California firm of Hoffenblum-Mollrich. He then worked with the California State Assembly Republican Caucus before attending law school. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and as an associate at Dechert, Price & Rhoads. He has a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Comment Editor for the University of Chicago Law Review.

What Will November Bring?

Published in City Journal on January 23, 2018

Can Trumpism Survive Trump?

Published in New York Times on November 14, 2017

Q and A with Henry Olsen: A New Reagan

Published in Law and Liberty on October 23, 2017

Cadillac-friendly Tax Plan?

Published in World Magazine on October 18, 2017

Forget Left v Right; it’s Ins v Outs

Published in UnHerd on September 6, 2017

Atomic Bluff?

Published in World Magazine on August 17, 2017

Party Lines Crossed

Published in World Magazine on August 4, 2017

Friends in Adversity

Published in World Magazine on July 1, 2017

How the Right Gets Reagan Wrong

Published in Politico on June 26, 2017

The Right to ‘Mobocracy’

Published in The Wall Street Journal on March 20, 2016

An Agenda to Court Trump Supporters

Published in RealClearPolicy on February 23, 2016

Finding Iowa’s Cyclone

Published in National Review Online on January 19, 2016

The Election and What It Means

Published in National Review Online on November 3, 2014

Voters Aren’t Buying

Published in The Weekly Standard on October 30, 2014

Forget the Alamo

Published in National Review on October 20, 2014

The Hispanic-Evangelical Vote

Published in National Review on July 1, 2014

Conservatism for the People

Published in National Affairs on January 1, 2014

Shedding the Green Eyeshades

Published in First Things on December 3, 2013

“Shaping Our Nation”

Published in The Washington Times on November 3, 2013

The Christie Challenge

Published in National Review Online on November 6, 2013

Food (Stamps) for Thought

Published in National Review Online on September 19, 2013

Rand Paul’s Party

Published in National Review on July 1, 2013