Press Release

Claremont Institute Welcomes James Poulos as Executive Editor of The American Mind

Claremont, CA—The Claremont Institute is pleased to announce the hiring of respected author and thinker James Poulos to serve as the Executive Editor of The American Mind, a new and growing online publication devoted to recovering a distinctively American solution to our current intellectual and political crisis.

“James Poulos brings timeless insights to bear on contemporary problems with intelligence and perspicacity,” said Ryan Williams, president of the Claremont Institute. “I’m confident that under his editorial direction The American Mind will continue to grow and enrich the debate about today’s most urgent questions.”

Poulos has written widely about American politics and culture for over a decade. He is the author of The Art of Being Free (St. Martins, 2017), a study of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, and is the contributing editor of American Affairs. His writing on technology, statecraft, and the American character has been featured in National Affairs, Foreign Affairs, The Daily Beast, National Review, and Foreign Policy, and has been praised by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Vox, and others. He has appeared as a guest on radio and television programs including Real Time with Bill Maher, All In with Chris Hayes, and Larry King Now. A fellow at the Center for the Study of Digital Life, Poulos holds a Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University.

“When we launched The American Mind back in October, our goal was to light a spark on the intellectual Right—it’s time to expand upon our initial success,” said Matthew Peterson, founder and editor-in-chief of The American Mind and vice president of education for the Claremont Institute. “We wanted a forum to hash out our differences—vigorously yet civilly—and rethink the ideological framework of the American Right. James will help lead our charge forward because he is thinking about the future, rather than the recent past, in light of our enduring principles. He is uniquely qualified to focus the mind of Americans—left, right, and center—on Americanism properly understood in the twenty-first century.”

“Facing a new era of stark choices and swift change, the decisions Americans make now will reverberate for generations,” Poulos said. “In helping develop a full understanding of the nature and the stakes of this historic challenge to the Republic, the Claremont Institute is a beacon amid dark clouds and choppy seas. I couldn’t be more excited to further this work in a new way through The American Mind, which has quickly established itself as a penetrating, clarifying, and refreshing read for rising and established leaders in politics, policy, the academy, and the culture at large.”

The Claremont Institute’s mission is to “restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life.” For 40 years, we’ve been a strong and effective voice in the fight for constitutional government against progressivism and the administrative state. Founded in 1979, the Claremont Institute publishes the Claremont Review of Books and The American Mind, sponsors the Publius, Lincoln, John Marshall, and Speechwriters Fellowships for rising leaders, and administers a variety of programs and publications on the ideas that ought to guide American political life.