05 Ruy Teixeira

Ruy Teixeira

Senior Fellow

Center for American Progress

Ruy Teixeira is a senior fellow at both The Century Foundation and American Progress. He is also co-director of the States of Change: Demographics and Democracy project, a collaboration that brings together the Center for American Progress, the American Enterprise Institute, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution. The goals of the project are to document and analyze the challenges to democracy posed by the rapid demographic evolution of the United States from the 1970s to the year 2060 and to promote a wide-ranging and bipartisan discussion of America’s demographic future and what it portends for political parties and the policy challenges they—and the country—face.

His most recent book is The Optimistic Leftist: Why the 21st Century Will Be Better Than You Think (St. Martin’s Press, 2017). His other books include The Emerging Democratic Majority (Scribner, 2002)America’s Forgotten Majority: Why the White Working Class Still Matters (Basic Books, 2008)The Disappearing American Voter (Brookings Institution Press, 1992); and Red, Blue and Purple America: The Future of Election Demographics (Brookings Institution Press, 2008).

Teixeira’s book The Emerging Democratic Majority, written with John Judis in 2002, was the most widely discussed political book of that year and generated praise across the political spectrum, from George Will on the right to E.J. Dionne on the left. It was selected as one of the best books of the year by The Economist.

Teixeira’s recent writings include “America’s Electoral Future: How Changing Demographics Could Impact Presidential Elections from 2016 to 2032” and “States of Change: The Demographic Evolution of the American Electorate, 1974–2060.”

Teixeira holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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