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.

  • 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.

  • Op-Ed National Journal March 27, 2015
    Rahm Emanuel and the Unraveling of Chicago

    Per­haps more than any oth­er ma­jor city in Amer­ica, Chica­go is fa­cing a truly grave set of prob­lems that are es­sen­tially more ex­treme ver­sions of the chal­lenges con­front­ing city govern­ments across the coun­try.

  • Op-Ed National Journal February 27, 2015
    Robots vs the Underclass

    Pundits say automation is decimating the middle class. The truth is even crueler.

  • The Emerging Republican Advantage
    Op-Ed National Journal January 31, 2015
    The Emerging Republican Advantage

    The idea of an enduring Democratic majority was a mirage. How the GOP gained an edge in American politics—and why it’s likely to last.

  • Op-Ed New Republic December 1, 2014
    The Country’s Most Revealing Memorial to the Sand Creek Massacre Used to Celebrate the Killings

    Few Americans today, outside the West, concern themselves with the history of the Sand Creek Massacre. But the framework of thought it spawned—pitting civilization against savagery—continues to haunt American thinking.

  • The Ferguson Decision Was Not a "Miscarriage of Ju
    Op-Ed New Republic December 1, 2014
    The Ferguson Decision Was Not a “Miscarriage of Justice.” Liberals Need to Accept That.

    Liberals took the decision by the grand jury in the trial of Darren Wilson to symbolize, or stand in for, the greater injustice of the American criminal justice department. But in fact the reverse occurred.

  • 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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