Daniel Schlozman

Joseph and Bertha Bernstein Associate Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University

About Daniel

Schlozman’s work seeks to understand how key actors in civil society and political parties, the premier organizers of democratic politics, relate to one another. His most recent book asks about relations between social movements and political parties in the United States since abolitionism, and a new project considers the back-and-forth between finance and center-left parties in America and the United Kingdom. Schlozman was a member of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee from 2001-2008, and chair of the Cambridge Democratic City Committee from 2011-2012.


Local Political Parties as Networks: A Guide to Self-Assessment

  • Lara Putnam
  • Tabatha Abu El-Haj
  • Joseph Anthony
  • Jacob M. Grumbach
  • Alexander W. Hertel-Fernandez
  • Adam Seth Levine
  • Caroline Tervo

How to Revitalize America's Local Political Parties

  • Kenneth T. Andrews
  • Hahrie Han
  • Lara Putnam
  • Daniel Schlozman
  • Theda Skocpol Vanessa S. Williamson
  • Sarah E. James
  • Caroline Tervo
  • Michael Zoorob

In the News

Opinion: "The Republican Party Has Devolved Into a Racket," Daniel Schlozman (with Sam Rosenfeld), The New York Times, September 18, 2023.
Opinion: "Old Donkeys, New Tricks," Daniel Schlozman, n+1, August 1, 2019.
Opinion: "The Dilemmas for Democrats in 3 Past Visions for the Party," Daniel Schlozman (with Sam Rosenfeld), Vox, June 13, 2019.
Opinion: "How SPLC’s Co-Founder Morris Dees and the Conservative Richard Viguerie Changed American Politics," Daniel Schlozman, The Washington Post, April 2, 2019.
Opinion: "Why Steve King’s Punishment Took So Long," Daniel Schlozman (with Sam Rosenfeld), The New York Times, January 15, 2019.
Opinion: "Getting Past 270," Daniel Schlozman, n+1, November 1, 2018.
Opinion: "Beltway Blues," Daniel Schlozman, Dissent, Summer 2018.
Opinion: "In Equilibrio," Daniel Schlozman, The Nation, September 8, 2017.
Opinion: "Irregular Order," Daniel Schlozman, n+1, July 31, 2017.
Quoted by Katharine Whittemore Boston Globe, March, 2017.
Opinion: "The Lists Told Us Otherwise," Daniel Schlozman, n+1, December 24, 2016.
Opinion: "Is the American Party System about to Crack Up?," Daniel Schlozman (with Danielle Allen and Rick Perlstein), The Nation, May 5, 2016.
Opinion: "Trump and the Republicans," Daniel Schlozman, n+1, March 11, 2016.
Quoted by Matthew Yglesias in "The Political History behind Bernie Sanders's Call for Democratic Socialism," Vox, November 19, 2015.
Opinion: "The Sanders Phenomenon," Daniel Schlozman, n+1, October 13, 2015.
Guest on Baltimore Public Radio, September 11, 2015.
Opinion: "Democrats and Labor Unions are Doomed without Each Other – And So are We," Daniel Schlozman, The Hill, September 1, 2015.
Opinion: "How the Christian Right Ended Up Transforming American Politics," Daniel Schlozman, Talking Points Memo, August 25, 2015.


"When Movements Anchor Parties: Electoral Alignments in American History" (Princeton University Press, 2015).
Tells the story of how major social movements throughout U.S. history confronted the American party system, with huge consequences for coalitions and policies. In particular, two alliances between parties and their allied anchoring groups have centrally shaped twentieth-century U.S. politics: the partnerships between organized labor and the Democrats since the 1930s, and the Christian Right and the GOP since the 1970s.
"How Initiatives Don’t Always Make Citizens: Ballot Initiatives in the American States, 1978-2004" (with Ian Yohai). Political Behavior 30, no. 4 (2008): 469-489.
Demonstrates that voter initiatives do not increase political knowledge or efficacy (a feeling that one can make a difference in politics), and raise turnout only in midterm elections.