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
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.


POLITICAL REFORM
What Ever Happened to Our Transpartisan Future?

Heather Hurlburt wrote for Vox’s Polyarchy about transpartisanship.


Telling the Whole Story of South Sudan’s Civil War

We commit a significant injustice to South Sudanese women if we perpetuate a one-dimensional portrayal of them as victims of violence.


BETTER LIFE LAB
A Guide to Talking Women, Peace, and Security Inside the U.S. Security Establishment

How much do national security policymakers consider the ways policies and programs impact men and women differently?


POLITICAL REFORM
After Aleppo: Prospects for Preventing Mass Atrocities in the Trump Administration

Join a us as we consider what the future looks like for atrocity prevention.


POLITICAL REFORM
Will Trump Target Women’s Programs Worldwide?

Heather Hurlburt was quoted in Foreign Policy about the consequences of President Trump potentially restoring the global gag rule.


POLITICAL REFORM
Obama’s Flawed Foreign Policy

Heather Hurlburt wrote for Democracy Journal about President Obama's foreign policy legacy.


POLITICAL REFORM
Trump’s Pick for Secretary of State Backs the Paris Climate Deal Trump Would Scrap

Heather Hurlburt was quoted in the Washington Post about Rex Tillerson's stance on the Paris climate deal.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and POLITICAL REFORM
Electoral Violence: Can It Happen Here?

Heather Hurlburt wrote for Democracy Journal about predicting and preventing violence during and after the election.


International Policy and Open Government: No-Go Zone, or Leapfrogging Late Adapters?

The idea of open government clashes with the traditions of foreign affairs. Or does it? Heather Hurlburt explores.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Not Secondary, But Central

What do policymakers know--and not know--about gender inclusivity?