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Expertise: Elections, political theory, public opinion

John Halpin is a senior fellow at American Progress focusing on political theory, communications, and public opinion analysis. He is the co-director and creator of the Progressive Studies Program at CAP, an interdisciplinary project researching the intellectual history, foundational principles, and public understanding of progressivism. Halpin is the co-author with 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 has been at American Progress since 2003, previously serving as director of research and executive speechwriter. Halpin wrote the daily Talking Points newsletter for the Center for American Progress Action Fund from 2004 through 2005, and has directed numerous CAP communications projects on issues including faith in politics, health care, consumer debt, taxes, poverty, and foreign policy. Prior to joining American Progress, he was a senior associate at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, providing strategic guidance and public opinion research for political parties and candidates including Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign, the British Labor Party, the Austrian Social Democrats, and a range of congressional, state legislative, and initiative campaigns.

Halpin received his undergraduate degree 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.

By John Halpin
Striking a Better Course on U.S. Foreign Policy: An Alternative to Conservative NationalismCenter for American ProgressJuly 29, 2019
America AdriftCenter for American ProgressMay 5, 2019
Democrats Can and Should Expand the Map to Georgia and Arizona in 2020The American ProspectMarch 1, 2019
Voters Repudiate President Trump and GOP Policy Agenda—2020 Re-Election Is UncertainCenter for American ProgressNovember 7, 2018
Affordable Child Care and Early Learning for All FamiliesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2018
Voters Across Party Lines Support Clean Slate LegislationCenter for American ProgressJune 20, 2018
Erdoğan Not Assured of First-Round VictoryCenter for American ProgressJune 14, 2018
Trust in Government in the Trump EraCenter for American ProgressMay 24, 2018
How Ambivalent Trump Voters Feel About Him NowThe American ProspectMay 21, 2018
Ensuring Basic Living Standards for AllCenter for American ProgressMarch 7, 2018
Turkey’s ‘New Nationalism’ Amid Shifting PoliticsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2018
Is Turkey Experiencing a New Nationalism?Center for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2018
Voter Trends in 2016Center for American ProgressNovember 1, 2017
Toward a Marshall Plan for AmericaCenter for American ProgressMay 16, 2017
The Path to 270 in 2016, RevisitedCenter for American ProgressOctober 6, 2016
The Path to 270 in 2016Center for American ProgressDecember 17, 2015
Looking for a Way Forward After the Unrest in BaltimoreCenter for American ProgressMay 13, 2015
The Political Consequences of the Great RecessionCenter for American ProgressNovember 6, 2014
Beyond Identity PoliticsWashington MonthlyJune 10, 2014
Moving the War on Poverty ForwardCenter for American ProgressFebruary 19, 2014
A New Force for America’s FamiliesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2014
50 Years After LBJ’s War on PovertyCenter for American ProgressJanuary 7, 2014
Building an All-In NationCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2013
The Obama Coalition in the 2012 Election and BeyondCenter for American ProgressDecember 4, 2012
The Return of the Obama CoalitionCenter for American ProgressNovember 8, 2012
The Path to 270 RevisitedCenter for American ProgressSeptember 20, 2012
The Path to 270Center for American ProgressNovember 22, 2011
The Constitution Is Inherently ProgressiveCenter for American ProgressOctober 11, 2011
The Progressive Era for Today’s ProgressivesProgressive WayJune 19, 2011
The Demographic Change and Progressive Political Strategy SeriesCenter for American ProgressApril 7, 2011
The Origins and Evolution of Progressive EconomicsCenter for American ProgressMarch 14, 2011
Progressives and the FoundingCenter for American ProgressOctober 28, 2010
The Progressivism of America’s FoundingCenter for American ProgressOctober 8, 2010
The Role of Faith in the Progressive MovementCenter for American ProgressOctober 8, 2010
Universal Human Rights in Progressive Thought and PoliticsCenter for American ProgressOctober 8, 2010
Latino Attitudes About Women and SocietyCenter for American ProgressJuly 9, 2010
The Progressive Tradition in American PoliticsCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2010
Social Movements and ProgressivismCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2010
The Progressive Intellectual Tradition in AmericaCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2010
The Political Ideology of the Millennial GenerationCenter for American ProgressMay 13, 2009
Progressivism Goes MainstreamCenter for American ProgressApril 20, 2009
State of American Political Ideology, 2009Center for American ProgressMarch 11, 2009
The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk RadioCenter for American ProgressJune 20, 2007
Reducing Poverty is the Right GoalCenter for American ProgressApril 26, 2007
The $871,000 Job SubsidyCenter for American ProgressNovember 17, 2006
Katrina and the Common GoodCenter for American ProgressAugust 25, 2006
Reclaiming the Common GoodCenter for American ProgressJune 5, 2006
The Politics of DefinitionCenter for American ProgressApril 20, 2006
Progressive Message on the President’s BudgetCenter for American ProgressFebruary 14, 2005
Cover-Up of Abu Ghraib Torture Puts Troops at RiskCenter for American ProgressMay 11, 2004
Detailed Timeline of Administration Statements On National SecurityCenter for American ProgressApril 5, 2004
Progressivism in 2004: Transcending the Liberal-Conservative DivideCenter for American ProgressJanuary 5, 2004