Henry Olsen

Henry Olsen

Senior Fellow

Contact: holsen@eppc.org

@henryolsenEPPC

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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 America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.

He is the author of The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism and The Four Faces of the Republican Party, co-authored with Dante Scala. Mr. Olsen is also an editor at UnHerd.com, where he writes about populism and politics around the world, and he is a regular contributor to American Greatness, City Journal, and World Magazine.

Mr. Olsen’s work has been featured in many prominent publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Review, The Guardian, 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 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 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.


How the GOP Might Win in 2020

Published in The Washington Post on November 9, 2018




Blue Wave, or Breaking Red?

Published in City Journal on November 4, 2018


Four ‘What Ifs’ for the Midterms

Published in American Greatness on November 1, 2018


Election Energy

Published in World Magazine on October 25, 2018




A U.S. House Forecaster’s Guide

Published in World Magazine on September 27, 2018


Midwestern Radiance for 2020?

Published in City Journal on September 24, 2018






Don’t Overlook the State Elections

Published in City Journal on August 20, 2018







A Trio of Bellwethers

Published in World Magazine on August 1, 2018




Red-State Challenge

Published in World Magazine on July 19, 2018



The NeverTrump Dilemma

Published in American Greatness on June 27, 2018


Ohio Tea Leaves

Published in City Journal on June 25, 2018







Eyes on the Primaries

Published in World Magazine on May 10, 2018




Mr. Ryan Leaves Washington

Published in City Journal on April 17, 2018



Badger State Blues

Published in World Magazine on April 12, 2018




Sights on the Senate

Published in World Magazine on March 23, 2018


Long Weekend at Kamala’s

Published in City Journal on March 21, 2018


Help Workers without a Trade War

Published in Wall Street Journal on March 11, 2018



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