Monica Potts

New America Fellow

Monica Potts was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow. She will write a book about the dilemmas facing poor women and explore the idea of a second-chance society. Previously, Potts spent four years at The American Prospect magazine, covering poverty and economic opportunity in the United States. She won a Sidney award from the Sidney Hillman Foundation in 2012, a David Pike Award for covering homelessness in 2013, and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for 2013. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and has a M.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

All Work

FELLOWS
How Trump's America Will Hurt Women

Monica Potts wrote for Vice about the young girls who will grow up under a Trump presidency.


ASSET BUILDING and FELLOWS
Donald Trump Won on White Male Resentment—But Don’t Confuse That with the Working Class

Monica Potts wrote for the Nation about the significance of poor, white voters in the 2016 election.


ASSET BUILDING and FELLOWS
Clinton’s New Anti-Poverty Proposal Is Great, but There’s a Catch

Monica Potts wrote for the Nation about Hillary Clinton's proposed expansion of the child tax credit.


ASSET BUILDING
Donald Trump’s Boorish Behavior Is Bad for All Women, Even If Some Don’t Mind It

Monica Potts writes for the Washington Post about the impact of Donald Trump's treatment of women.


ASSET BUILDING and NEW AMERICA
Should Cities Pay Criminals to Not Commit Crimes?

Monica Potts wrote for TIME about mentoring and paying at risk youth for not committing crimes.


Crime Doesn't Pay, But Lowering It Might

A program that pays criminals not to commit crimes might be coming to D.C. That’s not a bad thing, writes Monica Potts.


FELLOWS and NEW AMERICA
What Became of the Boy Who Shot His Sister Dead

It took a second for the gun to accidentally go off, weeks for Florida to pass a law to keep guns out of children’s hands, and a lifetime fo


ASSET BUILDING
The Post-ownership Society

How the “sharing economy” allows Millennials to cope with downward mobility, and also makes them poorer.


FELLOWS
The Post-Ownership Society

In all, young people bore the brunt of the economic downturn—as young workers often do—but Millennials are taking a longer time to recover t


ASSET BUILDING
This Radical Student Debt Strike Tugs at Your Heart—But It's Not the Answer

Monica Potts wrote for Talking Points Memo on the student debt crisis at for-profit colleges


ASSET BUILDING
Middle Class Tax Plan Scams Middle Class

Monica Potts wrote for the Daily Beast on how 529 plans do make college more affordable for low and moderate-income families.


FELLOWS
Street Harassment Is Universal and Age-Old

More tiresome is that every time street harassment comes up as an issue, some well-meaning guy asks whether some of these comments aren’t re