Senior Fellow; Co-Director, Politics and Elections


John Halpin

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John Halpin is a senior fellow and the co-director of politics and elections for the Advocacy team at American Progress, focusing on campaigns and elections, political ideology, and public opinion analysis. Halpin has been at American Progress since it opened in 2003 and currently serves as the co-director of its Politics and Elections program.

Over a 20-year career in the fields of public opinion and election analysis, Halpin has written extensively on voter attitudes about domestic and foreign policy with research featured in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, The Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The American Prospect, and The Atlantic. He is the co-author with American Progress founder John Podesta of The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate, and Our Country, a 2008 book about the history and future of the progressive movement.

Halpin received his undergraduate degree in government from Georgetown University and his M.A. in political science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and two children.


Moving Beyond “Us vs. Them” Politics Report
A UKIP European election billboard is displayed in the Vauxhall area of London, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Britain's U.K. Independence Party has launched its European election campaign with a series of billboards carrying a stark message: They are coming to take your job.

Moving Beyond “Us vs. Them” Politics

If progressives want to defeat right-wing nationalist parties and leaders globally, they must embrace, rather than ignore, the desire for change among voters.

Matt Browne, John Halpin

The European Paradox Report
Social democracy appears to be declining in Europe even as many progressive policies remain deeply ingrained. (AP/Bela Szandelszky)

The European Paradox

Social democracy appears to be declining in Europe even as many progressive policies remain deeply ingrained, write Matt Browne, John Halpin, and Ruy Teixeira.

Matt Browne, John Halpin, Ruy Teixeira

Framing Katrina Article

Framing Katrina

Hurricane Katrina revealed the failure of conservative philosophy; liberals need to stand up for their approach to governing.

John Halpin


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