• Ruy Teixeira

    Author of ''The Optimistic Leftist: Why the 21st Century Will Be Better Than You Think''

    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 The Optimistic Leftist: Why the 21st Century Will Be Better Than You Think; 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.

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