Henry Olsen

Senior Fellow

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.

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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.

Mr. Olsen is an opinion columnist for The Washington Post, where he writes daily pieces focusing on politics, populism, foreign affairs and American conservative thought. He is also 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 was previously an editor at UnHerd.com and a regular contributor to American GreatnessCity Journal, and World Magazine. Mr. Olsen’s work has been featured in many prominent publications, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalNational ReviewThe Guardian, and The Weekly Standard.

His predictions of the 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 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 among the most accurate of any 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.

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VIDEO: Henry Olsen on the Five Factions of the GOP

January 4, 2023 | The Kevin Roberts Show

On January 4, 2023, EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen joined Heritage President Kevin Roberts to discuss the internal divisions weighing…

VIDEO: Henry Olsen on the Future for Primaries

November 29, 2022 | American Enterprise Institute

On November 29, 2022, EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen joined a panel hosted by the American Enterprise Institute to discuss…

VIDEO: Henry Olsen on the History of the Democratic Party

May 25, 2022 | The Woodrow Wilson Center

On May 25, 2022, EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen appeared as a panelist at an event hosted by the Wilson…

AUDIO: Henry Olsen on Primary Elections

May 24, 2022 | The Brian Lehrer Show

On May 24, Senior Fellow Henry Olsen appeared on The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss the day’s important elections and…

AUDIO: Henry Olsen Discusses CPAC, GOP on KGO-AM

February 28, 2022 | KGO-AM - “The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro”

On February 28, 2022, EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen appeared on “The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro” on KGO-AM in…

QUOTED: Henry Olsen in Washington Post Q&A on Inflation

February 11, 2022 | The Washington Post

On February 11, 2022, EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen joined other Washington Post Opinion columnists for an online Q&A on…

AUDIO: Henry Olsen on Why Build Back Better Might Not Pass

December 15, 2021 | The Rod Arquette Show

On December 15, 2021, EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen appeared on the Rod Arquette Show to discuss why the Build…

VIDEO: Henry Olsen on Campaigns 2022 and 2024

November 9, 2021 | C-SPAN - Washington Journal

On November 9, 2021, EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen joined C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss recent elections and what the…

AUDIO: Henry Olsen Discusses Future of GOP on WOSU Radio

February 17, 2021 | WOSU - All Sides with Ann Fisher

EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen appeared on WOSU radio’s “All Sides with Ann Fisher” to discuss the future of the Republican Party.

VIDEO: Henry Olsen on AEI Election Watch Panel

November 5, 2020 | American Enterprise Institute

EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen once again joined AEI’s Election Watch team for their final event of the 2020 election season.

AUDIO: Henry Olsen Discusses 2020 Race on PoMoCon Podcast

December 8, 2019 | PoMoCon podcast

EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen appeared on the PoMoCon podcast with host Titus Techera to discuss the shifting political landscape and the 2020 elections.

AUDIO: Henry Olsen on ‘Common-Good Capitalism’ on Matt Lewis Podcast

December 3, 2019 | Matt Lewis and the News podcast

EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen appeared on the “Matt Lewis and the News” podcast to discuss his recent column at the Washington Post on the pushback Marco Rubio for his recent speech on “common-good capitalism.”

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