Richard Reeves


Richard V. Reeves is a senior fellow in Economic Studies where he holds the John C. and Nancy D. Whitehead Chair, policy director of the Future of the Middle Class Initiative, co-director of the Center on Children and Families and editor-in-chief of the Social Mobility Memos blog at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. His research focuses on social mobility, inequality, and family change. Prior to joining Brookings, he was director of strategy to the British Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.Richard’s publications for Brookings include: Saving Horatio Alger: Equality, Opportunity, and the American Dream (2014), Character and Opportunity (2014), The Glass Floor (2013), and The Parenting Gap (2014). He is also a contributor to The Atlantic, National Affairs, Democracy Journal, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.His 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, research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, and researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. He is also a former European Business Speaker of the Year.He earned a BA from Oxford University and a PhD from Warwick University. With co-author Isabel V. Sawhill, he was recipient of the “Best Policy Paper” 2014 ranking in the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Think Tank Awards.

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