Senior Fellow; Co-Director, Politics and Elections


John Halpin

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John Halpin is a senior fellow at American Progress focusing on campaigns and elections, political ideology, and public opinion analysis. Halpin has been at American Progress since it opened in 2003 and currently serves as the co-director of its Politics and Elections program.

Over a 20-year career in the fields of public opinion and election analysis, Halpin has written extensively on voter attitudes about domestic and foreign policy with research featured in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, The Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The American Prospect, and The Atlantic. He is the co-author with American Progress founder John Podesta of The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate, and Our Country, a 2008 book about the history and future of the progressive movement.

Halpin received his undergraduate degree in government from Georgetown University and his M.A. in political science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and two children.

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The Issue Is Pluralism In the News

The Issue Is Pluralism

John Halpin discusses Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court and why, if confirmed, she should respect both religious freedom and religious pluralism consistent with constitutional precedent.

John Halpin

As Election Nears, Millennial and Gen Z Voters Want Action on Child Care Article
A young child wearing a mask sits on his father's shoulder in Central Park, New York, on May 24, 2020. (Getty/Alexi Rosenfeld)

As Election Nears, Millennial and Gen Z Voters Want Action on Child Care

As the nation heads to the polls, it is important to understand that young voters are deeply affected by child care issues during the coronavirus pandemic and that they support child care relief funding and longer-term strategies to invest in child care.

Katie Hamm, John Halpin

What Do Voters Want on Child Care Ahead of the 2020 Elections? Report
 (Children are dropped off at a day care in Queens, New York, during phase four of the city's reopening following the coronavirus pandemic, July 2020.)

What Do Voters Want on Child Care Ahead of the 2020 Elections?

The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded existing challenges for many parents in finding and affording high quality child care. Subsequently, voters strongly support increased governmental steps to help parents care for their kids and continue to work.

John Halpin, Karl Agne, Nisha Jain

Why We Need Inclusive Nationalism In the News

Why We Need Inclusive Nationalism

Author John Halpin explains why President Donald Trump's brand of reactionary and exclusionary nationalism is dangerous.

John Halpin

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