• Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution

• Author of 'Dream Hoarders' & 'Of Boys and Men'

Richard V. Reeves is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he directs the Future of the Middle Class Initiative and co-directs the Center on Children and Families. His Brookings research focuses on the middle class, inequality and social mobility.

Richard writes for a wide range of publications, including the New York Times, Guardian, National Affairs, The Atlantic, Democracy Journal, and Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Dream Hoarders (Brookings Institution Press, 2017), and John Stuart Mill – Victorian Firebrand (Atlantic Books, 2007), an intellectual biography of the British liberal philosopher and politician.

Dream Hoarders was named a Book of the Year by The Economist, a Political Book of the Year by The Observer, and was shortlisted for the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice. In September 2017, Politico magazine named Richard one of the top 50 thinkers in the U.S. for his work on class and inequality.

A Brit-American, Richard was director of strategy to the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister from 2010 to 2012. Other previous roles include director of Demos, the London-based political think-tank; social affairs editor of the Observer; principal policy advisor to the Minister for Welfare Reform, and research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research. Richard is also a former European Business Speaker of the Year and has a BA from Oxford University and a PhD from Warwick University.

Speech topics

Solving the Crisis of our Boys and Men

What is happening with so many of our boys and men? Economists lament inexplicable drops in male labor force participation. Public health officials point to disproportionately male "deaths of despair" from suicide or overdose. Parents see their sons struggling and worry what it means for their future. Ihn a compelling presentation, Richard provides a groundbreaking, personal and engaging diagnosis of the contemporary male malaise that is pro-equality as well as pro-male. As he says: "We can hold two thoughts in our head at once. We can be passionate about women's rights and compassionate toward vulnerable boys and men." Drawing on years of deep research as well as his personal experience as a father of three sons, Reeves offers a compelling diagnosis of the problems of boys and men-and a bold set of solutions.

Look Me in the Eye: Building a Culture of Respect

Healthy communities run on respect. Respect is the glue holding together organizations, neighborhoods, and whole societies. That is the bold claim of Richard Reeves. Equality of respect is the foundation for all other kinds of equality. How do we know when we have it? "In a society of equal respect," Reeves says, "we can look each other squarely in the eye." In this wide-ranging, passionate talk, Reeves describes how respect gaps open up, and how to close them.

Save the Middle Class, Save the World

The fate of the middle class is the fate of us all, argues Reeves. Drawing on the latest research on economic and social trends, he shows how the middle class is hurting, how that hurt turns to anger and disillusionment, which threatens progress. As Director of the new Future of the Middle Class Initiative at the Brookings Institution, Reeves brings a fresh, birds eye view of the state of and prospects for the middle class.


Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do about It

Drawing on years of deep research as well as his personal experience as a father of three sons, Reeves offers a compelling diagnosis of the problems of boys and men- as well as a bold set of solutions.

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

This fascinating book shows how American society has become the very class-defined society that earlier Americans rebelled against—and what can be done to restore a more equitable society.

All Minus One: John Stuart Mill’s Ideas on Free Speech Illustrated

Reeves (a biographer of Mill) and Haidt (a social psychologist) summarize Mill's three timeless arguments for free speech and the value of viewpoint diversity

John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand

The definitive life of John Stuart Mill, one of the heroic giants of Victorian England.


The motto of Dialogues with Richard Reeves is "thinking together in relationship". This podcast features in-depth, lively conversations with leading thinkers on the big questions facing modern societies.

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