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.

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 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, National Review, The 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.














2020 Vision

Published in World Magazine on January 31, 2019


Start Your Primary Engines

Published in City Journal on January 29, 2019






John Bolton Is Under Attack

Published in The Washington Post on January 14, 2019









Leftward Shift

Published in World Magazine on January 2, 2019








Les Macronables?

Published in American Greatness on December 12, 2018


Target 2020: the Independent Male Voter

Published in City Journal on November 30, 2018



The Blue Wall

Published in National Review - December 3, 2018 issue on November 29, 2018


Arizona Illustrates the RINO Revenge

Published in American Greatness on November 13, 2018



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