Brandon Tensley

Assistant Editor

Brandon Tensley is the assistant editor at New America. He is also a contributing writer for Pacific Standard magazine. Prior to joining New America, he was the advocacy and communications associate for the Poverty Program at the Center for American Progress. Tensley was a 2015-16 Luce Scholar in Thailand and a 2012-13 Fulbright Scholar in Germany. His work has been widely published, including in The AtlanticForeign Affairs, Slate, TIME, and The Washington Post. He holds a master’s degree in politics from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in German studies and political science from Furman University.

All Work

About That 'Shithole' Remark

People ought to be stuck less on Trump's insult and more on the policy implications of that kind of thinking, Marcia Chatelain says.

The Missing Piece of the Criminal Justice Reform Discussion

A recent New America event looked at how American society overtly and insidiously prevents former inmates from reentering their communities.

2017: A Close Reading

This edition of the Weekly highlights material New America staffers have read in 2017 to help them fill up the tank as they head into 2018.

The Burdens of Germany’s Next Chancellor

Brandon Tensley wrote for Foreign Affairs about what's at stake in the German election.

The Glossary Edition

Are we talking about what we think we're talking about?

Letter from the Editor

What has Pride Month come to mean in 2017? And what are some of the issues we should be keeping an eye on?

ICYMI: Renew America

A glimpse of what you missed at New America's 2017 annual conference.

Sarah McBride: ‘Even If We No Longer Have a Friend in the White House, We Can Still Open Hearts and Change Minds’

While 2016 was a banner year for transgender visibility, the landscape is rapidly changing—and not always for the better.

One Year Later, Aung San Suu Kyi Helms a Precarious Peace

A look into de-facto Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's murky first year in power.

Samuel L. Jackson Has a Point

Brandon Tensley wrote for CNN about Samuel L. Jackson’s critique of the film Get Out.

Letter from the Editor

Being black in America is, at any given time, infuriating, exhausting, inherently political—but also joyful and inspiring.

You Sure You're Not Racist?

This Black History Month, Brandon Tensley reminds us that racism doesn’t need to be open or overt to be—well, racist.