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Expertise: Elections, political demography, public opinion

Ruy Teixeira is a Senior Fellow at both The Century Foundation and American Progress. He is also co-director of the States of Change: Demographics and Democracy project, a collaboration that brings together American Progress, the American Enterprise Institute, and demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution. The goals of the project are to document and analyze the challenges to democracy posed by the rapid demographic evolution of the United States, from the 1970s to the year 2060 and to promote a wide-ranging and bipartisan discussion of America’s demographic future and what it portends for political parties and the policy challenges they—and the country—face.

He is the author or co-author of seven books, including America’s New Swing Region: Changing Politics and Demographics in the Mountain West; Red, Blue and Purple America: The Future of Election Demographics; The Emerging Democratic Majority; America’s Forgotten Majority: Why the White Working Class Still Matters; and The Disappearing American Voter, as well as hundreds of articles, both scholarly and popular.

Teixeira’s book, The Emerging Democratic Majority, written with John Judis in 2002, was the most widely discussed political book of that year and generated praise across the political spectrum, from George Will on the right to E.J. Dionne on the left. It was selected as one of the best books of the year by The Economist magazine.

Teixeira’s recent writings include “The Political Consequences of the Great Recession,” “Beyond Identity Politics,” “The Obama Coalition in the 2012 Election and Beyond,” and “The Path to 270: Demographics Versus Economics in the 2012 Presidential Election” (all with John Halpin); “From Welfare State to Opportunity State: How Progressives Should Respond to Demographic Change” and “The European Paradox” (with Matt Browne and John Halpin); “Demographic Change and the Future of the Parties”; “New Progressive America”; “New Progressive America: The Millennial Generation” (with David Madland); and “The Decline of the White Working Class and the Rise of a Mass Upper Middle Class” (with Alan Abramowitz).

Teixeira holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

TitleWebsiteDate
European Right-Wing Nationalism Comes to AmericaCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 6, 2016
Public on Record as Opposing Ryan PlanCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 19, 2012
Republicans Versus HispanicsCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 9, 2012
Election Results Fueled by Jobs Crisis and Voter Apathy Among ProgressivesCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 4, 2010
Demographic Change and the Future of the PartiesCenter for American Progress ActionJune 16, 2010
The European ParadoxCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 2, 2009
New Progressive America: The Millennial GenerationCenter for American Progress ActionMay 13, 2009
Movement InterruptusCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 10, 2005
Movement InterruptusCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 10, 2005
New Polls of Hispanics Indicate Failure of GOP’s Hispanic StrategyCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 26, 2004