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.


Finding Iowa’s Cyclone

Published in National Review Online on January 19, 2016



















The Election and What It Means

Published in National Review Online on November 3, 2014


Voters Aren’t Buying

Published in The Weekly Standard on October 30, 2014



Forget the Alamo

Published in National Review on October 20, 2014





The Hispanic-Evangelical Vote

Published in National Review on July 1, 2014





Conservatism for the People

Published in National Affairs on January 1, 2014


Shedding the Green Eyeshades

Published in First Things on December 3, 2013


“Shaping Our Nation”

Published in The Washington Times on November 3, 2013


The Christie Challenge

Published in National Review Online on November 6, 2013



Food (Stamps) for Thought

Published in National Review Online on September 19, 2013



Rand Paul’s Party

Published in National Review on July 1, 2013




What Voters Want: A Prez Who Cares

Published in New York Post on November 9, 2012


Twilight or Breaking Dawn?

Published in National Review Online on November 5, 2012



Open your heart, Mitt

Published in National Review Online on October 3, 2012



A Better Way to Cast a Ballot

Published in The Wall Street Journal on August 13, 2012

















Number of Unemployed Rises by 76,000

Published in AEI Online on November 5, 2010