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

POLITICAL REFORM
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.


POLITICAL REFORM
The World Without America

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


POLITICAL REFORM
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.


POLITICAL REFORM
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


POLITICAL REFORM
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.


POLITICAL REFORM
Trump’s Messy, Mostly Successful Israel Visit

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


POLITICAL REFORM
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.


POLITICAL REFORM
Is America Becoming a Failed State?

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York magazine about pundit clichés.


POLITICAL REFORM
Liberals Should Still Be Worried About France

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York magazine about why Macron's victory does not sound the death knell for French right-wing populism.


POLITICAL REFORM
The French Presidential Debate Was Shades of Trump-Clinton

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York magazine about how the French presidential election is reminiscent of the U.S. election in 2016.


POLITICAL REFORM
French Election Proves Politics As Usual Aren’t Dead Yet

Heather Hurlburt wrote for the New York Magazine about the French election results.


POLITICAL REFORM
Four Foreign Policy Lessons From the North Korea Showdown

Heather Hurlburt wrote for New York Magazine about key takeaways from last weekend's North Korea scare.