Michael Lind

Michael Lind
Policy Director
New America Foundation

Michael Lind is Policy Director of New America’s Economic Growth Program. He is a co-founder of the New America Foundation, along with Ted Halstead and Sherle Schwenninger, and was the first New America fellow. With Ted Halstead he is co-author of The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics (Doubleday) and the author of the first New America Press book, Made in Texas: George W. Bush and the Southern Takeover of American Politics (New America/Basic Books, 2003). Among his other nonfiction books are The American Way of Strategy (Oxford University Press, 2006) and What Lincoln Believed (Doubleday, 2005).  Mr. Lind has taught at Harvard University and Johns Hopkins and writes frequently for the Financial Times, the New York Times, Democracy Journal, and other publications.  He has appeared on C-SPAN, National Public Radio, CNN, the Business News Network, the Newshour and other programs. He has a weekly column in Salon Magazine.

Mr. Lind’s first three books of political journalism and history, The Next American Nation: The New Nationalism and the Fourth American Revolution (Free Press, 1995), Up From Conservatism: Why the Right Is Wrong for America (Free Press, 1996), and Vietnam: The Necessary War (Free Press, 1999) were all selected as New York Times Notable Books. He has also published several volumes of fiction and poetry, including The Alamo (Houghton Mifflin, 1997), which the Los Angeles Times named as one of the Best Books of the year, and a prize-winning children’s book,Bluebonnet Girl (Henry Holt, 2004). His new book, Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States, was published in 2012 by HarperCollins.

Recent Events

May 5, 2016

Please join ITIF for the release of a comprehensive report on productivity: why it has lagged and what it’s likely to do over the next two decades, why higher productivity won’t kill jobs, why conventional policy solutions are likely to be inadequate, and what governments should do to restore robust productivity growth.

May 13, 2015

Please join ITIF for a discussion of the limits of the “middle out” strategy and the kind of innovation-led growth agenda we need for all Americans to prosper.

October 2, 2014

Rob Atkinson will present the findings from a new report that analyzes the three main sources of U.S. economic evolutionary change.

October 5, 2012

"Innovation Economics" presentation at the New America Foundation.

July 23, 2012

ITIF host Lind for a discussion of the remarkable people, innovations and tumult of our history and what it could tell us about the present and future.

Recent Publications

July 8, 2013

The general economic myths many take as facts are causing tragic results for everyday Americans.