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

Sorry, Jeff Sessions, but the ‘Culture of Leaks’ Isn’t Ending Anytime Soon

Heather Hurlburt wrote for Fortune about why leaking will remain an integral part of politics and the Executive Branch.

How Will Trump Handle Putin's Disappointment?

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York Magazine about how US-Russia tensions could change following Putin's latest announcement.

Trump's Dangerous Game With Iran

Heather Hurlburt wrote about how Trump is increasing tensions with Iran for New York Magazine.

Deep State Radio: Fantasy Felon League Edition

Heather Hurlburt was included on an edition of Deep State Radio with commentator David Rothkopf, Georgetown Law School professor Rosa Brooks

Nothing About the White House’s Syria Announcement Was Normal

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York Magazine about the strangeness surrounding the recent Syria announcement.

The Syrian War Enters a New Phase — and We’re in It

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York magazine about how the U.S. has turned a corner in the Syrian war.

The World Without America

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York magazine about how other countries are adjusting to the post-U.S. leadership era.

How the U.S. Superpower Experience Wrecked the Paris Climate Agreement

Heather Hurlburt wrote for The National Interest on what the Paris Climate Agreement reveals about the debate over international agreements.

We Need to Think Harder About Terrorism and Gender. ISIS Already Is.

Heather Hurlburt and Jacqueline O'Neill wrote for Vox's The Big Idea about how ISIS and other extremist groups exploit gender dynamics

Here’s a Report Card for President Trump’s First Foreign Trip

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York Magazine about Trump's performance on his first foreign trip.

Trump’s Messy, Mostly Successful Israel Visit

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York magazine about reactions to Trump's recent Israel visit.

There’s the Strategic Leaking of Secrets — and Then There’s Trump

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York magazine about historical precedents for presidents sharing classified material.