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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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.”

AUDIO: Henry Olsen Discusses Ukraine Saga on World Magazine Podcast

September 25, 2019 | World Magazine - The World and Everything In It

EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen appeared on World Magazine’s The World and Everything In It to discuss the latest news regarding the Ukraine saga and the possibility of President Trump’s impeachment.

VIDEO: Henry Olsen on C-SPAN on Campaign 2020 and the Republican Party

August 18, 2019 | C-SPAN - Washington Journal

EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss the 2020 campaign and the future of the Republican party.

AUDIO: Henry Olsen Discusses Hong Kong Protests on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins

August 13, 2019 | Washington Watch with Tony Perkins

EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen appeared on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins (guest-hosted by Sarah Perry) to discuss recent protests in Hong Kong.

AUDIO: Henry Olsen on Ricochet Podcast on 2020 Race

June 21, 2019 | Ricochet Podcast

EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen joined the Ricochet Podcast to discuss the 2020 campaign and President Trump’s re-election chances, as well as the outlook for House and Senate races.

VIDEO: Henry Olsen at AEI Event on American Nationalism

May 8, 2019 | American Enterprise Institute

EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen took part in an American Enterprise Institute discussion on the present and future of American nationalism.

AUDIO: Henry Olsen on the Mueller Report

April 24, 2019 | WORLD Radio

EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen appeared on WORLD Radio’s The World and Everything in It to discuss the fallout from the release of the Mueller report.

Podcast: Henry Olsen on Demography and Coalitions

January 23, 2019 | Ricochet PoMoCon Podcast

EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen appeared on the PoMoCon podcast with host Titus Techera to discuss recent elections and the major trends that have led to populism.

AUDIO: Henry Olsen Discusses Mattis’s Departure on KCRW

December 21, 2018 | KCRW - Left, Right & Center

EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen appeared on KCRW radio’s Left, Right & Center to discuss the departure of Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

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