Vanessa Williamson is a fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. She studies the politics of redistribution, with a focus on attitudes about taxation. She is the author of “Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes.” Upending the idea of Americans as knee-jerk opponents of government, “Read My Lips” examines American taxpaying as an act of political faith.
Named one of the ten best political books of 2012 by The New Yorker, Williamson, along with Harvard professor Theda Skocpol, authored “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism,” which examines how the Tea Party pushed the Republican Party farther to the right.
Additionally, her academic work has been published in Perspectives on Politics, American Politics Research, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. Williamson has also written about her research for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Teen Vogue.
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