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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 will culminate in a book examining Ronald Reagan’s intellectual legacy (HarperCollins, 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 have been particularly praised for their remarkable accuracy.
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.
“Henry Olsen provides the most incisive, reliable electoral analysis.” — Kate O’Beirne, at EPPC’s 40th anniversary gala
“The smartest commentator on American politics and elections out there.” — Robert P. George, at EPPC’s 40th anniversary gala
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Does a Conservative Reformation Loom on the Horizon?
Published in National Review - March 28, 2016 issue on April 2, 2016
Super Tuesday Will Determine Whether Trump Can Be Stopped
Published in New York Post on February 28, 2016
To Attract Disillusioned Voters, the GOP Must Understand Their Concerns
Published in National Review - January 25, 2016 issue on January 14, 2016
A New Homestead Act—To Jump Start the U.S. Economy
Published in The National Interest - January/February 2016 issue on December 15, 2015
Interview with Henry Olsen: How You Win a GOP Primary
Published in Washington Post on December 9, 2015
A Deep Dive into Trump’s Poll Numbers Shows Most Pundits Get Him Wrong
Published in National Review - September 7, 2015 issue on August 24, 2015
Walker, Rubio Health Plans Renew Reaganism for Our Age
Published in RealClearPolitics on August 19, 2015
The GOP’s Entitlement Challenge
Published in The National Interest, January/February 2015 issue on December 17, 2014
Why Sweden’s Election Matters for American Conservatives
Published in National Review Online on September 15, 2014
New RNC Rules Stymie Conservatives in the Primaries
Published in National Review Online on September 3, 2014
Setting the Record Straight About the White Working Class
Published in The American on October 17, 2013
Romney’s Drift From the True Heart of Conservatism
Published in The Washington Post on September 19, 2012
Employment Rate Remains Stagnant with Little Cause for Hope
Published in AEI Online on October 8, 2010