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Richard V. Reeves

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Governance Studies, President – American Institute for Boys and Men

Richard V. Reeves is a nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies and president of the American Institute for Boys and Men. Formerly, he was a senior fellow in Economic Studies, where he held the John C. and Nancy D. Whitehead Chair. His research focuses on boys and men, inequality, and social mobility.

Richard’s publications for Brookings include his latest book Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do about It (2022) and 2017’s Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It. He is a contributor to The Atlantic, National Affairs, Democracy Journal, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Richard is also the author of John Stuart Mill – Victorian Firebrand, an intellectual biography of the British liberal philosopher and politician.

Richard sits on the Board of Jobs for the Future, and is an adviser to the American Family Survey, and to the Equity Center at the University of Virginia. He has previously served as a consultant to the Opportunity Insights team led by Prof Raj Chetty at Harvard University (2018), and as a member of the Government of Canada’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty (2017-2018).

Richard’s previous roles include: director of Demos, the London-based political think-tank; director of futures at the Work Foundation; principal policy advisor to the Minister for Welfare Reform; social affairs editor of the The Observer; research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research; economics correspondent for The Guardian; and a researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. He is also a former European Business Speaker of the Year.

Richard has a B.A. from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from Warwick University. 

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Men and masculinity
    • Character and skills
    • Families and parenting
    • Liberal political thought
  • Past Positions

    • Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution
    • Director of Strategy, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
    • Director, Demos (London)
    • Director of Futures, The Work Foundation
    • Social Affairs Editor, The Observer
    • Economics Correspondent, The Guardian
    • Principal Policy Adviser, Minister for Welfare Reform
    • Research Fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research
    • Researcher, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London
    • Professional Lecturer, Georgetown University (Public Policy)
    • Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University (Philosophy)
  • Education

    • University of Warwick, PhD philosophy
    • Wadham College, Oxford, BA (Hons) Geography
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