Skocpol

Theda Skocpol

Director of the Scholars Strategy Network; Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University
Areas of Expertise:
  • American Democracy
  • Civic Engagement
  • U.S. Elections
  • Social Movements
  • Economic Security
  • Inequality & the Middle Class
  • Social Security
  • Health Care
  • Health Care Reform

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About Theda

Theda Skocpol is SSN’s Director.  She is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, where she has also served as Dean of the Graduate School and as Director of the Center for American Political Studies.  Skocpol is an internationally recognized scholar and has been elected to membership in all three of America’s scholarly honor societies: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the American Philosophical Society; and the National Academy of Sciences. 

Skocpol’s work covers a broad spectrum of topics and her books and articles have been widely cited in political science literature and have won numerous awards.  Over the last two decades, her research has primarily focused on health care reform, public policy, and civic engagement amidst the shifting inequalities in American democracy. Among the many books she has authored or co-authored are Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life; Health Care Reform and American Politics; and The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism.  Skocpol speaks regularly to community groups and writes for blogs and public-interest magazines.

Briefs and Memos

Conservative and Progressive Trans-State Policy Networks

  • Theda Skocpol

Making Sense of the Koch Network

The GOP Civil War over Medicaid Expansion in the States

  • Theda Skocpol

Debunking Myths about Medicaid - And Its Expansion

    Colleen M. Grogan
  • Katherine Swartz

A Field Guide to the Politics of ObamaCare Implementation

    Lawrence R. Jacobs

The Tea Party Lives On - And Pulls Republicans to the Right

  • Vanessa Williamson

What the Ryan Budget Means for Missouri Families

    David Brian Robertson ,

The Ryan Budget and Michigan: A Few Win, but Millions Lose

  • Luke Shaefer

Social Security is in Good Shape – And Does Not Drive the Deficit

  • Benjamin Veghte

What Americans Really Think about Health Reform

    Lawrence R. Jacobs

Making Sense of the Tea Party

  • Vanessa Williamson

What Does Health Reform Do for Americans?

    Lawrence R. Jacobs

In the News

"Women Are Rebuilding the Democratic Party From the Ground Up," Theda Skocpol (with Lara Putnam), The New Republic, August 21, 2018.
"The Political Reawakening Of The Middle-Aged Suburban White Woman," Theda Skocpol, Interview with Emma Gray, Huffington Post, July 19, 2018.
"How Middle-Aged Women May Save American Democracy," Theda Skocpol, Interview with Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard, July 16, 2018.
Theda Skocpol's research on political power and change discussed in David Leonhardt, "This Is No Time for Liberal Despair," The New York Times, July 8, 2018.
Theda Skocpol's research on unions discussed in Harris Meyer, "Supreme Court Ruling on Union Fees Could Shift Healthcare Politics," Modern Healthcare, June 27, 2018.
Theda Skocpol's research on Chris Edelson, "Here's How Trump's Opponents Can Ride a 'Blue Wave' to Victory in the November Elections ," Market Watch, June 6, 2018.
Theda Skocpol's research on Michael Tomasky, "I’m Ready for the Female Takeover of the Democratic Party," The Daily Beast, May 18, 2018.
Theda Skocpol's research on David Leonhardt, "Dems in Disarray!," The New York Times, May 10, 2018.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the work of women in Democratic races in Julian Zelizer, "Democrats Focus on Midterms" News8000, May 6, 2018.
Theda Skocpol quoted on political participation of college-educated women in Michelle Goldberg, "Hope in Arizona" The New York Times, April 23, 2018.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the mobilization of Democrats in Matt Grossmann and David A. Hopkins, "Why There is No ‘Liberal Tea Party’" The New York Times, April 17, 2018.
Theda Skocpol quoted on grassroots action and the Democratic party in Francis Wilkinson, "Democrats' 'Civil War' is More Civil than War" Bloomberg View, April 17, 2018.
Theda Skocpol quoted on anti-Trump resistance in Michelle Goldberg, "Turning Revulsion into Votes" The New York Times, April 9, 2018.
Theda Skocpol quoted in Eric Levitz, "Trump Has Turned Millions of Americans into Activists" New York Magazine, April 6, 2018.
Theda Skocpol quoted in Dan Sisken, "Change is Coming: Grassroots Organizing, Democratic Politics and the 2018 Elections" Nation of Change, April 4, 2018.
"Putting a Face to Anti-Trump Voters," Theda Skocpol, Interview with Don Gonyea, NPR, March 10, 2018.
Theda Skocpol quoted in Neal Milner, "There's Change Afoot In America And We Don't See It Coming" Honolulu Civil Beat, March 8, 2018.
Theda Skocpol quoted in Helaine Olen, "American Women Raised Their Voices This Week. Loudly" The Washington Post, March 7, 2018.
Theda Skocpol quoted in Jonathan Malesic, "Please, Millennials, Don’t Destroy Us Just Yet" The New Republic, March 7, 2018.
Theda Skocpol quoted in Masoud Kazemzadeh, "Five Possible Outcomes Following the Mass Protests in Iran" Radio Farda, February 6, 2018.
Theda Skocpol quoted in David Leonhardt, "The Left is Energized. Now It Needs to Vote." New York Times, February 25, 2018.
Theda Skocpol quoted in Rand Richards Cooper, "Sound Familiar? Trump & Nationalism, Here & Abroad" Commonweal, February 12, 2018.
Theda Skocpol's research on J.P.P., "Theda Skocpol’s New Work on Anti-Trump Activists," The Economist, February 28, 2018.
Theda Skocpol quoted in Heather Digby Parton, "If Democracy Makes a Comeback, White Suburban Women Will Lead It" Salon TV, February 23, 2018.
"Middle America Reboots Democracy," Theda Skocpol (with Lara Putnam), Arguments, Democracy Journal, February 20, 2018.
Theda Skocpol's research on Meagan Day, "Targeted Social Programs Make Easy Targets," Jacobin, January 14, 2018.
Theda Skocpol quoted in Luis Fleischmann, "Trump, US Need Committed Foreign Policy Team on Iran" Newsmax, January 9, 2018.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the growth of the Resistance in Lucile Scott, "A Polarized Country is Worse for Democrats than Republicans" Vice, November 15, 2017.
Theda Skocpol's research on the resistance discussed in Judith Shulevitz, "Year One: Resistance Research," The New York Review of Books, November 9, 2017.
Theda Skocpol quoted on social movements in Max de Haldevang, "The American Left Has Its Own Tea Party, and It’s Coming for Donald Trump" Quartz, September 16, 2017.
Theda Skocpol quoted on Trump damaging and endangering the American people in Igor Bobic, "Trump Erodes Moral Authority of the Presidency in Wake of Charlottesville" Huffington Post, August 16, 2017.
"What Can (or Should) Activists Learn from the Tea Party?," Theda Skocpol (with Vanessa Williamson), The Washington Post, May 11, 2017.
Theda Skocpol's research on the Kochs’ techniques discussed in Eric Black, "No, Donald Trump's Triumph is Not a Setback for the Koch Brothers," Minnesota Post, April 7, 2017.
Theda Skocpol quoted on social movements and political activism in Clare Malone, "The Left Might Have a Hard Time Replicating the Tea Party’s Success" FiveThirtyEight, March 13, 2017.
Theda Skocpol quoted on mobilization in Dana Milbank, "Here’s How You Can Deal with Trump — besides Drinking Everclear" The Washington Post, February 10, 2017.
Theda Skocpol quoted in Nathan Riley, "To Bounce Back, Democrats Must Take on Income Inequality" Gay City News, NYC, January 19, 2017.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the impact of the Obamacare repeal in Allegra Kirkland, "How the Obamacare Town Hall Script Totally Flipped This Week" Talking Points Memo, January 19, 2017.
"Trump is Going After Health Care. Will Democrats Push Back?," Theda Skocpol, New York Times, December 21, 2016.
Theda Skocpol quoted on Trump's victory in Bert Gambini, "Acclaimed Scholar Sees Lasting Impact of a Trump Presidency" UBNow, November 18, 2016.
"Behind "Make America Great," the Koch Agenda Returns with a Vengeance," Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (with Theda Skocpol and Caroline Tervo), Talking Points Memo, November 21, 2016.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the depth of rural resentment in David Scharfenberg, "Pundits, Politicians Failed to Detect Depth of Trump’s Support" Boston Globe, November 10, 2016.
"Theda Skocpol Responds to Judis," Theda Skocpol, Talking Points Memo, November 11, 2016.
Theda Skocpol quoted on a new progressive strategy in David Leonhardt, "What Democrats Need to Do" New York Times, November 10, 2016.
Christopher S. Parker quoted on debating Trump in Michael Tomasky, Jack Meserve, and Sophia Crabbe-Field, "How to Debate Trump" Democracy Journal, September 23, 2016.
Guest to discuss election 2016 on The American Interest Podcast, Theda Skocpol, August 30, 2016.
"A Tale of Two Insurgencies," Theda Skocpol, The American Interest, August 22, 2016.
Theda Skocpol quoted in Tierney Seed, "Will Delegitimizing a Clinton Presidency Outlast Trump's Campaign?" Talking Points Memo, August 9, 2016.
Theda Skocpol quoted on philanthropies and public policy in Daniel W. Drezner, "The Tricky Thing about Studying the Politics of Philanthropy" Washington Post , July 26, 2016.
Guest to discuss the Libre Institute on Colorado Public Radio, Theda Skocpol, June 22, 2016.
Theda Skocpol's research on the influence of donor consortia on politics discussed in Sean McElwee and Roberta Barnett, "Inside the Donor Network: Studies Unravel the Towering Influence Money Has over Politics - on the Right and Left," Salon, June 18, 2016.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the state of the Democratic Party, "The Split: 19 Reasons the Democrats Will Remain Divided - and What It Means for the Party's Future" The New Republic, June 14, 2016.
"Republicans Ride the Trump Tiger," Theda Skocpol, Project Syndicate, May 30, 2016.
"Why Hillary Clinton is the Strongest Equality Candidate," Theda Skocpol, Huffington Post, May 26, 2016.
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez quoted on the Koch network in the states in Lee Drutman, "The Kochs are Retreating from National Elections. Here's What We Should Learn." Vox, May 16, 2016.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the fracturing Republican Party in Francis Wilkinson, "The GOP is Failing. Democracy Can, Too." Bloomberg View, May 5, 2016.
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez's research on Republican party committees discussed in Amanda Taub, "After Trump: How Authoritarian Voters Will Change American Politics," Vox, April 28, 2016.
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez quoted on the Koch's outsized influence on the Republican party in Jeff Stein, "How Conservative Megadonors Built a Shadow GOP That Weakened the Official Party" Vox, April 14, 2016.
"Five Myths about the Koch Brothers - and Why It Matters to Set Them Straight," Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (with Theda Skocpol), Bill Moyers, March 10, 2016.
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez quoted on the Koch network in Jane Mayer, "Is This the End of Big-Money Politics?" The New Yorker, March 3, 2016.
Interview on the Republican agenda beyond election 2016Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (with Theda Skocpol and Henry Farrell), The Washington Post, February 29, 2016.
Theda Skocpol quoted on economic and political inequalities in Christina Pazzanese, "The Costs of Inequality: Increasingly, It’s the Rich and the Rest" Harvard Gazette, February 8, 2016.
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez quoted on inconsistencies with pledge signers for stopping climate taxes in Sean McElwee, "Moneyed Interests are Blocking U.S. Action on Climate Change" Al Jazeera America, February 8, 2016.
"Billionaire Ideologues, Unruly Voters, and the Future of the Republican Party," Theda Skocpol, Dissent Magazine, February 3, 2016.
"Legal Hurdles to the Affordable Care Act," Theda Skocpol (with Lawrence R. Jacobs), Oxford University Press Blog, January 17, 2016.
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez quoted on the Koch network in Jane Mayer, "New Koch" The New Yorker, January 25, 2016.
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez's research on documents the failure of the left to keep pace with the right in building local organizations discussed in Thomas B. Edsall, "The Republican Party’s 50-State Solution," New York Times, January 13, 2016.
Theda Skocpol quoted on pushing progressive policies at the city-level in Lydia DePillis, "Meet the Lefty Club behind a Blitz of New Laws in Cities around the Country" The Washington Post, January 4, 2016.
Theda Skocpol quoted on Tea Party ideology in David Frum, "The Great Republican Revolt" The Atlantic, December 23, 2015.
Theda Skocpol's research on the Koch network discussed in Sean McElwee, "The Scary Lessons of Matt Bevin: What We Can Learn about American Politics from the Right Wing’s Destructive Anti-Medicaid Crusade," Salon, November 7, 2015.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the extreme Right in Michael Knigge, "Why Paul Ryan is Unlikely to Unite the Republican Party" Deutsche Welle, October 23, 2015.
Guest to discuss the Koch network on NPR: Koch Political Network Expanding 'Grassroots' Organizing, Theda Skocpol, October 12, 2015.
Theda Skocpol quoted on tea-partyers in John B. Judis, "The Return of the Middle American Radical" National Journal, October 2, 2015.
"How the Right Trounced Liberals in the States," Theda Skocpol (with Alexander Hertel-Fernandez), Democracy Journal, Fall 2015.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the impact of field experimentation on the democratic process in Paul Basken, "Embrace of Deception in Experiments Puts Social Scientists in an Ethical Bind" Chronicle of Higher Education, September 14, 2015.
"Will Maine Share in Health Reform’s Success or Follow Old Confederacy?," Theda Skocpol, Bangor Daily News, July 21, 2015.
Theda Skocpol quoted on government job guarantee in Sean McElwee, "The Economic Plan That Could Save America (but Scares Conservative Billionaires Senseless)" Salon, June 29, 2015.
Interview on SCOTUS's King v. Burwell decisionTheda Skocpol, Health Leaders Media, July 1, 2015.
Theda Skocpol quoted on Obama's success in achieving access to healthcare when previous administrations could not in Dylan Matthews, "Barack Obama is Officially One of the Most Consequential Presidents in American History" Vox, June 26, 2015.
"A Turning Point for Health Care — and Its G.O.P. Opponents," Theda Skocpol (with Lawrence R. Jacobs), New York Times, June 25, 2015.
Theda Skocpol quoted on measuring the success of cap-and-trade bills at the state level in Eryn Brown, "Do a State's Politics Influence Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions? Yes, Study Says" Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2015.
Theda Skocpol's research on King v. Burwell discussed in Patrick J. Egan, "Why the GOP Loses if the ObamaCare Lawsuit Wins," The Washington Post, June 1, 2015.
"Wells Report Distorts Workplace Realities," Theda Skocpol, Boston Globe, May 18, 2015.
Theda Skocpol quoted on physicians and party loyalty in Lisa Rapaport, "More American Doctors Favor Democrats" Reuters, April 27, 2015.
"ObamaCare's Remarkable Progress," Theda Skocpol (with Lawrence R. Jacobs), The Hill, April 2, 2015.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the strength and future course of the Tea Party in Lisa Riley Roche, "Tea Party Movement Still Strong, Harvard Professor Tells U. Students" Deseret News, March 26, 2015.
Theda Skocpol quoted on political problems facing Republicans over King vs. Burwell in Rick Cohen, "Theda Skocpol on the Self-Imposed ACA Quandary of Republican Governors" Nonprofit Quarterly, February 23, 2015.
"Who's Afraid of a Health-Care Ruling?," Theda Skocpol, The Atlantic, February 20, 2015.
Theda Skocpol quoted on how a pro-King ruling would backfire politically on Republicans in Congress and many states in Charles Gaba, "The Latest on the King Thing" ACASignups.net, January 27, 2015.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the negative consequences that overturning Obamacare subsidies would have for the Republican party in Sahil Kapur, "SCOTUS Ruling against Obamacare Threatens GOP in 2016 Swing States" Talking Points Memo, January 20, 2015.
Theda Skocpol's research on the Congressional Budget Office's reports on Affordable Care discussed in Kevin Drum, "No, Congress Never Intended to Limit Obamacare Subsidies to State Exchanges," Mother Jones, January 16, 2015.
Theda Skocpol's research on the Congressional Budget Office's reports on Affordable Care discussed in Dylan Scott, "CBO Undercut the SCOTUS Case against O-Care 68 Times," Talking Points Memo, January 16, 2015.
"Analysis: CBO Contradicted the Latest Case against ObamaCare 68 Different Times," Theda Skocpol, Interview with Sarah Kliff, Vox, January 16, 2015.
"53 Historians Weigh in on Obama's Legacy," Theda Skocpol, New York Magazine, January 11, 2015.
Theda Skocpol quoted on internal divisions among House Republicans in Ned Resnikoff, "House Republican Skirmish over Top Spot Could Expose Party Fissures" Al Jazeera America, January 5, 2015.
"'Grubergate' Shows the Sad State of Debate on ObamaCare," Theda Skocpol, Los Angeles Times, December 9, 2014.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the Benghazi report in Daniel Strauss, "The Benghazi Report Truthers: Even the GOP Can't Get to the Bottom of It" Talking Points Memo, December 3, 2014.
Theda Skocpol quoted on Tea Party stance on immigration in Elias Isquith, "Tom Coburn’s Lunacy and the Real Meaning of the Immigration Fight" Salon, November 20, 2014.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the future of ObamaCare in Michael Tomasky, "Will GOP Govs Really Rescue Obamacare?" The Daily Beast, November 12, 2014.
"Tea Party’s “Intensified War”: Why the GOP’s Happy Time is about to End," Theda Skocpol, Interview with Elias Isquith, Salon, October 28, 2014.
"Both Parties are Keeping Americans in the Dark about Healthcare Reform," Theda Skocpol (with Colleen M. Grogan), The Hill, October 13, 2014.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Christopher Cheney, "PPACA Still Faces Hurdles, Academics Say" HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2014.
Theda Skocpol quoted on how Americans express doubts about government in Jon Greenberg, "George Will: America Hasn't Had Sustained Confidence in Government since Ronald Reagan" PunditFact, October 5, 2014.
Theda Skocpol quoted on how much nineteenth- and early twentieth-century women did to lay the groundwork for the welfare state in Rebecca Traister and Judith Shulevitz, "Feminism Has Conquered the Culture. Now Comes the Hard Part." New Republic, September 14, 2014.
"The Unfortunate Turn against Performance Politics in US.. Elections," Theda Skocpol (with Lawrence R. Jacobs), The Hill, September 5, 2014.
Theda Skocpol quoted on demographics of citizens who support impeachment of President Obama, "Juan Williams: People Who Want Impeachment are White, Old and Republican" PunditFact, August 3, 2014.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the Tea Party's attitudes toward intellectualism and the "culture of ideas" in Jack Stripling, "Higher Ed, the Tea Party’s Unlikely Farm Team" Chronicle of Higher Education, June 12, 2014.
"Where Pragmatism about Health Reform Lives," Theda Skocpol (with Lawrence R. Jacobs), The Hill, July 8, 2014.
"ObamaCare is Working. Why Isn’t Maine Taking Full Advantage of It?," Theda Skocpol, Bangor Daily News, July 4, 2014.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the persistence of the Tea Party in Allison Kopicki, "Support is Thin for Tea Party, but It Retains Its Muscle" New York Times, June 24, 2014.
"Commentary: Progressives and the White Working Class," Theda Skocpol, Roundtable, The Democratic Strategist, June 2014.
Theda Skocpol's research on conservative media (with Vanessa Williamson) discussed in Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks, "Fox News' Divisive Race Strategy: How O'Reilly, Hannity and Coulter Intentionally Tore America Apart," Salon, May 17, 2014.
"How Strong is the Tea Party? They've Won by Leverage, Not Popularity," Theda Skocpol, Room for Debate, New York Times, May 18, 2014.
"Organize to Re-Democratize the Nation," Theda Skocpol, Room for Debate, New York Times, April 21, 2014.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the possibility of a voting rights amendment in Isaac Buck, "Piecemeal Suffrage" Harvard Political Review, April 20, 2014.
"Republicans Need to Suck It Up and Learn to Love ObamaCare," Theda Skocpol, Talking Points Memo, April 4, 2014.
Theda Skocpol quoted on similarities between the path to implementing Social Security and the Affordable Care Act in Matt Bai, "What Really Matters on Health Care: Making It Work" Yahoo News, March 27, 2014.
Theda Skocpol's research on the true nature of the Tea Party discussed in Fareed Zakaria, "Both Sides Not Equally at Fault in Washington," CNN, February 17, 2014.
Theda Skocpol's research on "job lock" discussed in John Marshall, "Why Americans Work," Talking Points Memo, February 10, 2014.
Theda Skocpol's research on "job lock" and health care reform discussed in E.J. Dionne and co-hosts, "Meet the Press," NBC News, February 9, 2014.
"ObamaCare Cures 'Job Lock'," Theda Skocpol (with Katherine Swartz), USA Today, February 6, 2014.
Theda Skocpol quoted on Ted Cruz's staffing decisions, "Outside Groups Hail Fired GOPer as 'Conservative Fireball' under Ted Cruz" Talking Points Memo, January 14, 2014.
Theda Skocpol's research on how health care coverage is proceeding in the 50 states discussed in Michael Tomasky, "States Edge Closer to Medicaid Expansion: Who'll Go First?," The Daily Beast, January 8, 2014.
Theda Skocpol's research on differences in insurance enrollment between ACA-compliant and obstructionist states discussed in Dylan Scott, "The Price of GOP ObamaCare Sabotage in One Chart," Talking Points Memo, January 6, 2014.
"The Christmas Story, as Told by the Affordable Care Act," Theda Skocpol, Talking Points Memo, December 24, 2013.
"Why the Tea Party's Hold Persists," Theda Skocpol, Democracy, Winter 2014.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the limitations of environmentalists' message, "Mapping Environmentalism's Role Ahead" E&E News, December 9, 2013.
"The White House 'Fix'," Theda Skocpol, Talking Points Memo, November 15, 2013.
"Tea Partyers' Grave Fear: Why They Disdain Young People - Even Their Own!," Theda Skocpol, Interview with Josh Eidelson, Salon, October 17, 2013.
Theda Skocpol's research on distinctions between Tea Party and less ideologically dogmatic Republicans discussed in Spencer Kimball, "Republicans Lose Budget Battle, but U.S. Fiscal War May Continue," Deutsche Welle, October 17, 2013.
Guest to discuss the current state of conservative extremism on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show", Theda Skocpol, October 23, 2013.
Theda Skocpol quoted on Tea Party Activism, "Will the Kamikaze Caucus Doom the GOP?" National Journal, October 10, 2013.
"The Left Thinks Business Controls the Republican Party. They're Wrong.," Theda Skocpol, Interview with Ezra Klein, Washington Post, October 8, 2013.
"What Does Health Reform Do for Americans?," Theda Skocpol (with Lawrence R. Jacobs), OUPblog, September 23, 2013.
Theda Skocpol quoted on Tea Party activism, "Why the Health Care Law Scares the GOP" New York Times, October 1, 2013.
"Worst Shutdown in Modern U.S. History," Theda Skocpol (with Ellen Fitzpatrick), CNN, October 2, 2013.
Theda Skocpol's research on the social safety net, and how to effectively implement ObamaCare discussed in Ronald Brownstein, "How to End the ObamaCare Debate," National Journal, September 19, 2013.
"Could 'ObamaCare' be Accepted in Oklahoma by Another Name?," Theda Skocpol, Tulsa World, August 7, 2013.
Theda Skocpol's research on the continuing power of the Tea Party discussed in David Freedlander, "The Tea Party Isn't Dead Yet," The Daily Beast, July 29, 2013.
Theda Skocpol's research on future prospects for cap-and-trade legislation to be enacted in the U.S. discussed in Becky Bowers, "Americans and Australians on Carbon-Control Politics," PolitiFact, July 30, 2013.
Theda Skocpol's research on the politics of global warming and the Obama administration's recent approach to environmental policy discussed in Ben Geman, "Obama Channels His Inner Al Gore in Climate Change Messaging Shift," The Hill, July 6, 2013.
Theda Skocpol's research on the future of the cap-and-trade movement discussed in Jim Jaffe, "Changing the Climate Debate," Pundit Wire, July 12, 2013.
Theda Skocpol's research on the failure of cap-and-trade leadership discussed in Mark Engler and Paul Engler, "Climate of Change: What Does an Inside-Outside Strategy Mean?," Dissent, Summer 2013.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the divestment movement, "United Church of Christ is First National Church Group to Divest from Fossil Fuel Investments" Washington Post, July 3, 2013.
Theda Skocpol's research on changing attitudes on marriage equality discussed in Colleen Walsh, "Tracking a Cultural Shift," The Harvard Gazette, June 25, 2013.
Theda Skocpol's research on the decline in number of Tea Party groups discussed in Charles M. Blow, "This is Not 2009," New York Times, May 24, 2013.
"Five Minutes with Theda Skocpol," Theda Skocpol, Interview with EUROPP’s Editors, London School of Economics, May 13, 2013.
"On Social Security, Tap the Wealthy to Support a Program for All," Theda Skocpol, Room for Debate, New York Times, April 17, 2013.
Theda Skocpol's research on climate-change legislation and organizing discussed in Nicholas Lemann, "When the Earth Moved," The New Yorker, April 15, 2013.
Guest to discuss the failure of cap-and-trade legislation and the movement toward a green economy on HPR's "Town Square", Theda Skocpol (with Colin D. Moore), March 14, 2013.
Theda Skocpol quoted on the regressive nature of social welfare taxes, "The War on Entitlements" New York Times, March 6, 2013.
"Learning from the Cap-and-Trade Debate," Theda Skocpol, Grist, March 6, 2013.
Theda Skocpol's research on the failure to pass climate change legislation discussed in Erin Weaver, "Controversial Study Probes Reasons for Climate Bill Failure," Environmental Building News, February 7, 2013.
Theda Skocpol's research on the way forward for climate legislation discussed in Mike Tidwell, "Harvard Professor Has It Right: U.S. Climate Push Requires Intense Grassroots Support around 'Cap-and-Dividend' Bill," Grist, February 1, 2013.
Theda Skocpol's research on the failure of environmental leaders to pass climate change legislation discussed in Suzanne Goldenberg, "U.S. Environmentalists Challenged to Get Climate Change Laws through Congress," The Guardian, January 17, 2013.
Theda Skocpol's research on the failure to pass climate change legislation discussed in Brad Plumer, "Why Has Climate Legislation Failed? An Interview with Theda Skocpol," The Washington Post, January 16, 2013.
Theda Skocpol's research on the past and future of cap-and-trade legislation discussed in Bill McKibben, "Beyond Baby Steps: Analyzing the Cap-and-Trade Flop," Grist, January 14, 2013.
Theda Skocpol's research on the failure to pass cap-and-trade legislation discussed in Philip Bump, "Why the Environmental Movement Couldn't Get Cap-and-Trade Passed," Grist, January 14, 2013.
"Bringing Academics into the Grassroots Game," Theda Skocpol, The American Prospect, December 14, 2012.
Theda Skocpol quoted on their book, "The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism", "The Ten Best Political Books of 2012" The New Yorker, December 14, 2012.
Theda Skocpol's research on the future of the Republican Party discussed in Michael Knigge, "The Republican Party: Desperately Seeking Voters," DW, November 20, 2012.
Theda Skocpol's research on the role of the super-rich in the 2012 presidential election and beyond discussed in Chrystia Freeland, "Obama, the Super Rich, and the Election," Reuters, November 8, 2012.
Theda Skocpol's research on the Obama administration and and economic policy discussed in David Leonhardt, "Who Gets Credit for the Economy's Recovery?," New York Times, October 26, 2012.
Theda Skocpol's research on the Obama presidency, presented in her book "Obama and America's Political Future" discussed in Chrystia Freeland, "Obama Makes His Case amidst Reagan's Shadow," Reuters, September 6, 2012.
"Majority of New Mexico Better Off under ObamaCare," Theda Skocpol (with State Senator Dede Feldman), The Albuquerque Journal, September 24, 2012.
"Paul Ryan's Budget Plan Could Hurt Many Missourians," Theda Skocpol (with David Robertson), St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 18, 2012.
"Affordable Care Lives: A Benefit and Challenge for Maine," Theda Skocpol, Opinion, Bangor Daily News, June 29, 2012.
"A Fairer Tax Future," Theda Skocpol, A Symposium: Democratic Advise for Obama's Second Term, The Wall Street Journal, September 4, 2012.
"Why the Tea Party Still Matters: Theda Skocpol’s ‘Obama and America’s Political Future’," Theda Skocpol, Interview with Jesse Singal, The Daily Beast, August 29, 2012.
"With the Ryan Budget, the Wealthy Win while Most Michiganders Lose," Theda Skocpol (with Luke Shaefer), The Detroit Free Press, August 19, 2012.
"What Does the Tea Party Stand For?," Theda Skocpol, Interview with Kara Miller, WGBH, August 1, 2012.
"Bending Toward Universal Health Care," Theda Skocpol (with Lawrence R. Jacobs), Campaign Stops, New York Times, June 28, 2012.
"Getting Past Healthcare's Individual Mandate," Theda Skocpol (with Lawrence R. Jacobs), Los Angeles Times, June 20, 2012.
Interview on the 2012 presidential electionTheda Skocpol, Juncture, May 22, 2012.
"Can Republicans Rescind Obamacare?," Theda Skocpol (with Lawrence R. Jacobs), Los Angeles Times, October 31, 2010.
Interview on The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican ConservatismTheda Skocpol, The Rachel Maddow Show, December 9, 2011.
"Mitt Romney, the Stealth Tea Party Candidate," Theda Skocpol, The Washington Post, February 3, 2012.
Regular contributionsTheda Skocpol to the Arena on Politico.com.

Publications

"The Koch Network and Republican Party Extremism" (with Theda Skocpol). Perspectives on Politics 14, no. 3 (2016).

Draws from research on changes since 2000 in the organizational universes surrounding the Republican and Democratic parties to highlight a major emergent force in U.S. politics: the recently expanded "Koch network" that coordinates big money funders, idea producers, issue advocates, and innovative constituency-building efforts in an ongoing effort to pull the Republican Party and agendas of U.S. politics sharply to the right. Reviews the major components and evolution of the Koch network and explores how it has reshaped American politics and policy agendas, focusing especially on implications for right-tilted partisan polarization and rising economic inequality. 

"Business Associations, Conservative Networks, and the Ongoing Republican War over Medicaid Expansion" (with Theda Skocpol and Daniel Lynch). Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 41, no. 2 (2016): 239-296.

Finds that partisan differences between Democrats and Republicans are central, but goes beyond earlier analyses to measure added effects from two dueling factions within the Republican coalition: statewide business associations and cross-state networks of ideologically conservative organizations. Shows that GOP-leaning or GOP-dominated states have been most likely to embrace the expansion when organized business support outweighs pressures from conservative networks. Helps make sense of ongoing state-level debates over a core part of health reform and sheds new light on mounting policy tensions within the Republican party.

"How the Scholars Strategy Network Helps Academics Gain Public Influence" Perspectives on Politics 12, no. 3 (2014): 695-703.

Broadcasts the Scholars Strategy Network as an innovative way to engage policymakers and fellow citizens. Discusses the work of the Scholars Strategy Network and the benefits of membership.

"Middle America Reboots Democracy" (with Lara Putnam). Democracy: A Journal of Ideas (2018).

Reports that the political practices of college-educated, middle-aged women are the most changed under Trump. Discusses the revitalization of the local Democratic party and that newly mobilized and interconnected grassroots groups are rebuilding the foundations of U.S. democracy. 

"How the Right Trounced the Liberals in the States" (with Theda Skocpol). Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, no. 39 (2016).

Discusses the work and organizational innovations on the Right, the sputtering liberal efforts to counter the American Legislative Exchange Council, the success of Center-Left research networks. Discusses the shortcomings of the Left and what can be learned from the Right.

"Asymmetric Interest Group Mobilization and Party Coalitions in U.S. Tax Politics" (with Alexander Hertel-Fernandez). Studies in American Political Development (2015).
Identifies the mechanisms that have propelled tax resistance in contemporary U.S. politics, and our analysis contributes to theoretical understandings of the ways in which political parties are influenced by policy feedbacks and by coalitions of policy-driven organized economic interests.
"Naming the Problem: What It Will Take to Counter Extremism and Engage Americans in the Fight against Global Warming," Rockefeller Family Fund, December 31, 2012.
Dissects the 111th Congress' failure to pass "cap and trade" legislation and suggests actions for environmental advocates that will improve the chances of passing such legislation in the future.
The Missing Middle: Working Families and the Future of American Social Policy (Norton, 2000).
Successful social programs in U.S. democracy bridge the needs and values of the middle class and the less privileged. Citizens get support in return for making contributions to the nation. Explains why this formula for popular and effective social programs has fallen apart in recent decades, and considers how it might be revived.
Civic Engagement in American Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life (University of Oklahoma Press, 2003).
Looks at civic voluntarism from the American Revolution through the late twentieth century, showing that Americans once organized membership associations that involved dues-paying members across class lines and linked local groups to state and national politics. After the 1960s, membership associations declined while professionally led organizations proliferated, leaving many ordinary citizens on the outside looking in.
Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Lawrence R. Jacobs) (Oxford University Press, 2010).
Traces how the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 and explains why this health reform will benefit the vast majority of Americans. Looks at ongoing political controversies over repeal and implementation.
Reaching for a New Deal: Ambitious Governance, Economic Meltdown, and Polarized Politics in Obama’s First Two Years (with Lawrence R. Jacobs) (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011).
Offers an overview of the policy successes and failures of the early Obama presidency – and explains why, despite many reform accomplishments, Obama and the Democrats have faced uphill political battles, right-wing obstruction, and popular disillusionment.
The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism (with Vanessa Williamson) (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Shows how grassroots activism, the right-wing media, and elite funders and policy advocates interact to allow the Tea Party to boost the GOP and prod it to the hard right. Includes interviews with grass roots activists and an analysis of the role of the Tea Party in the 2010 and 2012 elections.