Heather Hurlburt

Director, New Models of Policy Change

Heather Hurlburt is the director of the New Models of Policy Change project at New America's Political Reform program. Hurlburt leads research into how policy advocacy can adapt to be effective in our current environment of intense political polarization and guides advocates and funders seeking to navigate politics effectively on behalf of policy solutions on issues such as national security and climate change 

Hurlburt is a contributor to New York Magazine; has published articles in Politico, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Fortune, Vox, and Time, among other publications. She co-hosts the Drezburt podcast and frequently appears in print and broadcast media.. 

Previously, she ran the National Security Network, a premier source for internationalist foreign policy messaging and advocacy, held senior positions in the White House and State Department under President Bill Clinton, and worked on Capitol Hill and for the International Crisis Group. She holds degrees from Brown and George Washington Universities.

All Work

The Real Things Team Trump Is Trying to Accomplish in Asia

Heather Hurlburt wrote about to look for during Trump's trip to Asia for New York Magazine.

The US is on the verge of calling out Myanmar for ethnic cleansing

Heather Hurlburt was quoted in a Vox article about why labeling genocide and ethnic cleaning is important.

Trump Tried Reality-TV Tricks in His Iran Announcement

Heather Hurlburt interpreted Trump's Iran announcement for New York Magazine.

Wait, Are We at War With North Korea Now?

Heather Hurlburt interpreted the North Korean foreign minister's latest comments about a declaration of war for New York Magazine.

Trump’s UN speech echoed the views of another Republican: Ted Cruz

Heather Hurlburt wrote for Polyarchy on Vox about Trump's UN speech reflects Ted Cruz's long-held views about sovereignty.

Bernie Sanders Sets His Sights On The Foreign Policy Establishment

Heather Hurlburt was interviewed by the Huffington Post about Bernie Sander's foreign policy.

Ignore Trump’s Words on Climate and the Paris Treaty — Look at What He’s Doing

Heather Hurlburt explained how to interpret the Trump administration's newest statement on climate change for New York Magazine.

Why North Korea’s Nuclear Test Should Unnerve and Embarrass Trump

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York Magazine about North Korea's latest nuclear test and what the US should be doing in response.

The Politics of Hurricane Harvey

Heather Hurlburt wrote for The National Interest about the possibility of political action on climate change.

Why Kim Jong-un Is Keeping Tensions High With Trump

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York Magazine about how to interpret North Korea's missile flight over Japan.

Isolationism in the Trump Era of 'America First'

The label arises amid political currents trending toward a fundamental struggle over the uniqueness of what it means to be American.

Could Donald Trump Stumble Into Nuclear War With North Korea?

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York Magazine about the chances of war with North Korea and why this situation is different from other arms c