Lee Drutman

Senior Fellow, Political Reform Program

Lee Drutman is a senior fellow in the Political Reform program at New America. He is the author of The Business of America is Lobbying (Oxford University Press, 2015) and winner of the 2016 American Political Science Association's Robert A. Dahl Award, given for "scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy." In addition, he writes regularly for Polyarchy, a Vox blog. An expert on lobbying, influence, and money in politics, he has also been quoted and/or cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Slate, Mother Jones, The Atlantic, Business Insider, National Review, Politico, and many other publications, and on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Planet Money, This American Life, Marketplace, Washington Journal, and The Colbert Report, among other programs.

Drutman also teaches in the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. Prior to coming to New America, Drutman was a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation and has worked in the U.S. Senate and at the Brookings Institution. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Brown University.


All Work

POLITICAL REFORM
America’s urban-rural divides

Lee Drutman talked about increasing partisanship in an article from The Economist about the growing urban versus rural divide.


POLITICAL REFORM
The Democrats’ problem is not the economy, stupid

Lee Drutman's voter study was referenced in a Washington Post opinion article about the new divides between identity, policy proposals, and


POLITICAL REFORM
Trumpcare isn't popular. But universal healthcare would be

Lee Drutman's recent voter study was referenced in an article from The Guardian that explored an international take on Trump's version of he


POLITICAL REFORM
Healthcare debate highlights the split that threatens to paralyze Republicans

Lee Drutman was interviewed in a recent LA Times article to explain how his voter study offers insight into the complexity of Republican hea


POLITICAL REFORM
A New Service Allows You to Pay Others to Call Congress for You. That’s a Terrible Idea.

Lee Drutman wrote for Vox's Polyarchy about a new app that allows you to pay others to contact Congress for you.


POLITICAL REFORM
We Need New Ideas to Reduce Partisan Polarization

Lee Drutman wrote for Vox's Polyarchy about how the most commonly suggested solutions for political polarization will not work.


POLITICAL REFORM
How Culture Became the Main Fault Line in American Politics

Lee Drutman was interviewed in The New Republic about shifts in American political alignments and the 2016 election


POLITICAL REFORM
In Search of the American Center

The New York Times featured Lee Drutman's report for Democracy Fund's Voter Study Group.


POLITICAL REFORM
Why Obama Voters Defected

Lee Drutman's research for the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group was featured in a Slate article about Obama-Trump voters


POLITICAL REFORM
Tribalists and Ideologues

Lee Drutman wrote a review of Neither Liberal Nor Conservative, by D. Kinder and N. Kalmoe, for the summer edition of Washington Monthly.


POLITICAL REFORM
New Study Shows What Really Happened in the 2016 Election

New York magazine featured a write-up of Lee Drutman's recent research for Democracy Fund's Voter Study Group.


POLITICAL REFORM
Trump’s Contradictory Coalition Roils Elections in Virginia, Georgia

Lee Drutman's Voter Study Group research was highlighted in a Washington Post article about how Trump has changed the GOP.