Schlozman

Daniel Schlozman

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Civic Engagement
  • Revitalizing U.S. Democracy
  • Social Movements
  • Voting

About Daniel

Schlozman’s work seeks to understand how key actors in civil society and political parties, the premier organizers of democratic politics, relate to one another. His most recent book asks about relations between social movements and political parties in the United States since abolitionism, and a new project considers the back-and-forth between finance and center-left parties in America and the United Kingdom. Schlozman was a member of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee from 2001-2008, and chair of the Cambridge Democratic City Committee from 2011-2012.

Briefs

Podcast

Publications

"How Initiatives Don’t Always Make Citizens: Ballot Initiatives in the American States, 1978-2004" (with Ian Yohai). Political Behavior 30, no. 4 (2008): 469-489.
Demonstrates that voter initiatives do not increase political knowledge or efficacy (a feeling that one can make a difference in politics), and raise turnout only in midterm elections.
When Movements Anchor Parties: Electoral Alignments in American History (Princeton University Press, 2015).
Tells the story of how major social movements throughout U.S. history confronted the American party system, with huge consequences for coalitions and policies. In particular, two alliances between parties and their allied anchoring groups have centrally shaped twentieth-century U.S. politics: the partnerships between organized labor and the Democrats since the 1930s, and the Christian Right and the GOP since the 1970s.

In the News

Daniel Schlozman quoted on protests and political parties in Katharine Whittemore Boston Globe, March, 2017.
"The Lists Told Us Otherwise," Daniel Schlozman, n+1, December 24, 2016.
"Trump and the Republicans," Daniel Schlozman, n+1, March 11, 2016.
"Is the American Party System about to Crack Up?," Daniel Schlozman (with Danielle Allen and Rick Perlstein), The Nation, May 5, 2016.
"The Sanders Phenomenon," Daniel Schlozman, n+1, October 13, 2015.
Daniel Schlozman quoted on bridging the gap between socialism and liberalism in Matthew Yglesias, "The Political History behind Bernie Sanders's Call for Democratic Socialism" Vox, November 19, 2015.
Guest to discuss lame duck status of the mayor on Baltimore Public Radio, Daniel Schlozman, September 11, 2015.
"How the Christian Right Ended Up Transforming American Politics," Daniel Schlozman, Talking Points Memo, August 25, 2015.
"Democrats and Labor Unions are Doomed without Each Other – And So are We," Daniel Schlozman, The Hill, September 1, 2015.