John Judis

Visiting Scholar
As a visiting scholar at Carnegie, Judis wrote The Folly of Empire: What George W. Bush Could Learn from Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.


MA, BA, University of California at Berkeley


As a visiting scholar at Carnegie, Judis wrote The Folly of Empire: What George W. Bush Could Learn from Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

Judis’s articles have appeared in the American Prospect, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Washington Monthly, American Enterprise, Mother Jones, and Dissent. He has written five books, including The Emerging Democratic Majority (with Ruy Teixeira), The Parodox of American Democracy, and William F. Buckley: Patron Saint of the Conservatives.

Judis is also the author of The Emerging Democratic Majority; The Paradox of American Democracy: Elites, Special Interests and the Betrayal of Public Trust; William F. Buckley, Jr.: Patron Saint of the Conservatives; and Grand Illusion: Critics and Champions of the American Century.

  • Initial Reflections: A Better Night for Republican
    Op-Ed Talking Points Memo February 2, 2016
    Initial Reflections: A Better Night for Republicans

    The Republicans came out ahead in the Iowa Caucuses.

  • This election could be the birth of a Trump-Sander
    Op-Ed Vox January 30, 2016
    This Election Could be the Birth of a Trump-Sanders Constituency

    Even if Trump and Sanders are denied the White House, their campaigns will have been extremely significant, perhaps even changing presidential politics forever.

  • Democrats are in more trouble than they think. And
    Op-Ed Vox January 14, 2016
    Democrats Are in More Trouble Than They Think

    Democrats could eventually reclaim the majorities they won in 2008 or enjoyed earlier in the past century, but it won’t happen simply because of demography.

  • Op-Ed VOX December 17, 2015
    A Fascinating Psychological Experiment Could Explain Donald Trump’s Rise

    The San Bernardino and Paris attacks are strong mortality reminders that awaken fear of "them," and Trump, of all the Republican candidates, combines celebrity and charisma with contempt and contumely toward those responsible for the attacks.

  • The Paradoxical Politics of Inequality
    Op-Ed Talking Points Memo November 23, 2015
    The Paradoxical Politics of Inequality

    The politics of inequality are clouded and confused, and those politicians who hope to win national or state office by making appeals to reduce inequality must proceed with care.

  • The Bern Supremacy
    Op-Ed National Journal November 19, 2015
    The Bern Supremacy

    His­tor­i­ans may, dec­ades from now, re­gard Bernie Sanders’s 2016 cam­paign as a har­binger of what be­came a sub­stan­tial chal­lenge to the powers that be.

  • The Return of the Middle American Radical
    Op-Ed National Journal October 2, 2015
    The Return of the Middle American Radical

    Donald Trump articulates a coherent set of ideological positions, even if those positions aren’t exactly conservative or liberal.

  • Op-Ed Slate August 18, 2015
    The Little Think Tank That Could

    Understanding the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ ideological affinity with the Israeli government, and the roots of that affinity, helps explain the special role that FDD has played in opposing the Iran deal.

  • Op-Ed National Journal June 19, 2015
    Dear Democrats: Populism Will Not Save You.

    The perils of the progressive plan to build an electoral majority by fighting inequality.

  • Op-Ed National Journal April 24, 2015
    Is the Police-Brutality Debate Helping Republicans?

    In many sub­urbs, the de­bate over po­lice bru­tal­ity, if it con­tin­ues, is likely to serve as a wedge is­sue that splits the elect­or­ate along ra­cial lines. And the GOP may well be the ul­ti­mate be­ne­fi­ciar­ies.

  • The New Republic December 10, 2008
    Don't Expect A Change in Foreign Policy

    Despite his campaign promises, Obama’s initial foreign policy might not differ dramatically from Bush’s policies of the last two years. After failures during his first six years in office, Bush has struck a more diplomatic tone in recent years. Obama, who has tapped several Bush administration veterans for his own national security team, is likely to continue on this increasingly diplomatic path.

  • WBUR's Here and Now January 24, 2008
    The Democrats
  • Judis
    NPR's "On Point January 5, 2007
    Week in the News

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