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Ruy Teixeira

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Ruy Teixeira is a senior fellow at American Progress. He is also co-director of the States of Change: Demographics and Democracy project, a collaboration that brings together the Center for American Progress, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Public Religion Research 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.

His most recent book is The Optimistic Leftist: Why the 21st Century Will Be Better Than You Think. His other books include The Emerging Democratic MajorityAmerica’s Forgotten Majority: Why the White Working Class Still MattersThe Disappearing American Voter; and Red, Blue, and Purple America: The Future of Election Demographics.

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.

Teixeira’s recent writings for American Progress include “America’s Electoral Future: Demographic Shifts and the Future of the Trump Coalition” and “Voter Trends in 2016: A Final Examination.” A complete list of recent publications can be found on his website, The Optimistic Leftist, where he also blogs regularly.

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

Latest by Ruy Teixeira

America’s Electoral Future Report

America’s Electoral Future

The generational makeup of the United States will change dramatically in the future and that is projected to have potentially profound effects of future elections.

Rob Griffin, William H. Frey, Ruy Teixeira

The Path to 270 in 2020 Report

The Path to 270 in 2020

One year out from the 2020 election, the contours of the eventual vote, both demographically and in the Electoral College, seem clear—but the paths both parties may eventually choose to successfully harness these tangible trends remain in flux.

Ruy Teixeira, John Halpin

States of Change Report

States of Change

As the demographics of the United States have changed since 1980, so have the coalitions that make up both the Republican and Democratic parties.

Rob Griffin, William H. Frey, Ruy Teixeira

America’s Electoral Future Report

America’s Electoral Future

The demographics of the United States are projected to become much more diverse in the coming decades and will have significant effects on the presidential election in 2020 and beyond.

Rob Griffin, Ruy Teixeira, William H. Frey

Voter Trends in 2016 Report

Voter Trends in 2016

CAP’s comprehensive new analysis of 2016 turnout and voting patterns reveals important and surprising results about what happened in the election.

Rob Griffin, Ruy Teixeira, John Halpin

Toward a Marshall Plan for America Report

Toward a Marshall Plan for America

The economy is not producing access to a good, stable middle-class life for people who do not go to college. On prudential and ethical grounds, progressives must do more to create decent job opportunities and secure family situations for all working people facing difficult economic conditions not within their control.

Neera Tanden, Carmel Martin, Marc Jarsulic, 6 More Brendan Duke, Ben Olinsky, Melissa Boteach, John Halpin, Ruy Teixeira, Rob Griffin

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