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 and NEW AMERICA
Why “gender gap” analysis of American politics is mostly wrong

Recently, Benghazi and Ben Carson have pushed gender politics to the side of 2016 coverage. But with Hillary Clinton calling sexism on Berni


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY, POLITICAL REFORM and NEW AMERICA
Of budgets and blunt instruments: how little-known left-right cooperation on defense brought you sequester

The Pentagon's budget, after growing 75 percent in the decade after 9/11, comprises half of all US discretionary spending. Its size and sanc


POLITICAL REFORM
Rescheduled: Budget Battles

This event is second in a series of New Models of Policy Change case studies that examine the successes and limits of trans-partisanship.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
A Post-Iran Deal Security Agenda

Join New America as we present a panel of experts with experience at high levels in Washington and Tehran.


BETTER LIFE LAB and POLITICAL REFORM
Women's Decision 2016 (Part 1)

Join New America’s for a conversation about how anxiety may shape the electoral landscape.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY, POLITICAL REFORM and NEW AMERICA
Can Humanitarian Intervention Be Saved From Its Friends?

President Barack Obama has now used force or supported others’ use of force for humanitarian purposes more times than George W. Bush or Bill


POLITICAL REFORM
The Politics of Criminal Justice

Join New America and the Brennan Center as top actors from politics and policy look at what's next for the criminal justice reform movement.


POLITICAL REFORM
Democrats Work to Blunt GOP Attacks on Global Affairs in 2016

Heather Hurlburt, who studies policy and political discourse at the New America think tank, said Democrats or Republicans trying to influenc


POLITICAL REFORM
What Should the U.S. do About ISIS?

Here in the United States, we need to start asking the questions that would serve as a prerequisite to formulating a strategy. What are our


Decoding the Female Vote

The big picture for women candidates and women voters in 2016 will be more complex than many have anticipated.


Three Things You Should Know About the Senate’s Iran Letter

What does Senator Tom Cotton’s dissenting letter—and its backstory—reveal?


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
GOP offense is all about framing defense

Foreign policy is becoming a recurring theme for the 2016 election. And in this moment where a strong foreign policy is equated to a strong