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Richard V. Reeves
Born (1969-07-04) July 4, 1969 (age 54)
Peterborough, United Kingdom
NationalityBritish, American
Alma materWadham College, Oxford (BA)
University of Warwick (PhD)
SubjectHistory, philosophy, liberal politics

Richard V. Reeves (born 4 July 1969)[1] is a British-American writer, scholar, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and President of the American Institute for Boys and Men.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Reeves was born in Peterborough, United Kingdom.[4] He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Warwick.


In summer 2010 Reeves left Demos, joining the office of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, a Liberal Democrat, as a Special Advisor.[5] In 2012 Reeves urged the Liberal Democrats to choose to become a radical centrist political party, "a hard-driving radical liberal party of the political centre", continuing his campaign for centre left Liberal Democrats to leave, "Any attempt to position the Liberal Democrats as a party of the centre left after five years of austerity government in partnership with the Conservatives will be laughed out of court by the voters – and rightly so. Anybody who wants a centre-left party will find a perfectly acceptable one in Labour. The Liberal Democrats need centrist voters, "soft Tories", ex-Blairites, greens".[6]: 26 

Until 2012 Reeves was Director of Strategy to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.[7] Previously he had been director of the London-based think tank Demos. Reeves has held positions including Director of Futures at The Work Foundation, a British non-profit organisation, Society Editor of The Observer, Economics Correspondent and Washington Correspondent of The Guardian, and policy adviser to Frank Field when he was Minister for Welfare Reform.

Reeves is Director of the Future of the Middle Class Initiative at Brookings, working principally on issues related to intergenerational mobility, inequality and social change. In 2014, he published a Brookings Essay, Saving Horatio Alger, along with a video in which he used Lego bricks to illustrate levels of social mobility in the U.S. In May 2014, he appeared in a Daily Show segment satirizing how the complaints about the plight of the poorer members of the top 1% distracts from solutions to social mobility.

Reeves has published four books, including John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand (2007),[8] a biography of the British liberal philosopher and politician, Happy Mondays (2002) about job satisfaction,[9] and Of Boys And Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do about It (2022).[10] He co-authored The 80 Minute MBA (2009) with John Knell, a condensed business management book.[11]

Reeves appears regularly on radio and television as a political commentator and writes for a variety of publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian and The Observer. He is also a regular contributor to the online 'Think Tank' section of The Wall Street Journal. In 2005, he co-presented the four-part BBC2 series, Making Slough Happy.[12] He writes regularly in British newspapers and magazines[13] on politics, well-being,[14] work and character.[15] In 2008 he argued in The Guardian that social-liberals [a majority of Lib Dem members] should not be involved with the Liberal Democrats, but the Labour Party.[16]

In June 2017, Reeves published a widely circulated[17] New York Times op-ed, "Stop Pretending You're Not Rich".[4]

Reeves's 2017 book is 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.[18][19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Reeves is a dual UK-US citizen, having been naturalized in October 2017 as a US citizen. He lives in the U.S. state of Maryland.[21]


  1. ^ "Reeves, Richard". LC Name Authority File. Library of Congress. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Richard V. Reeves". www.brookings.edu. Retrieved 17 January 2024.
  3. ^ "Richard V. Reeves". American Institute for Boys and Men. Retrieved 17 January 2024.
  4. ^ a b Reeves, Richard V. (10 June 2017). "Stop Pretending You're Not Rich". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Demos". Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  6. ^ Reeves, Richard (19 September 2012). "The Case for a Truly Liberal Party". The New Statesman. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  7. ^ Spin doctor Andy Coulson earns more than Nick Clegg. The Guardian (10 June 2010). Retrieved on 6 January 2017.
  8. ^ Reeves, Richard V. (2008). John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand. Atlantic. ISBN 978-1-84354-644-3.
  9. ^ Reeves, Richard V. (2002). Happy Mondays: Putting the Pleasure Back Into Work. Perseus Pub. ISBN 978-0-7382-0659-2.
  10. ^ Reeves, Richard V. (2022). Of Boys and Men. ISBN 9780815739876.
  11. ^ "The 80 Minute MBA". the-80-minute-mba. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  12. ^ Health | Path to true happiness 'revealed'. BBC News (15 November 2005). Retrieved on 2017-01-06.
  13. ^ Including the New Statesman[1], Prospect[2], The Guardian[3], The Observer, The Sunday Times and Management Today.
  14. ^ Reeves, Richard V. (17 April 2002). "It's not the economy, stupid". TheGuardian.com.
  15. ^ Reeves, Richard V. (August 2008). "Essays: 'A question of character'". Prospect. No. 149. Archived from the original on 2 January 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2009.
  16. ^ "Richard Reeves: Social liberals should join Labour". TheGuardian.com. 19 September 2008.
  17. ^ Leonhardt, David (28 December 2017). "Opinion | Columnists' Favorite Columns". The New York Times.
  18. ^ Whaples, Robert M. (Spring 2018). "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 By Richard V. Reeves". The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy. 22 (4): v, 196. Retrieved 9 July 2023.
  19. ^ Martinez, Magdalena (18 August 2018). "Dream hoarders: How the American upper middle class is leaving everyone else in the dust, why that is problem and what to do about it, by Richard V. Reeves: Washington, DC, Brookings Institution, 2017". Journal of Urban Affairs. 40 (6): 895–896. doi:10.1080/07352166.2017.1416228. ISSN 0735-2166.
  20. ^ Cassella, Nick (15 August 2017). "Unstacking the deck, by Nick Cassella". Seattle Review of Books. Retrieved 9 July 2023.
  21. ^ "Richard Reeves on opportunity hoarders: It's not just the 1%". University of California, Berkeley - Othering and Belonging Institute. 31 January 2018. I am now as of last October a US citizen. In fact, I became a US citizen the last day in my state. I live in Maryland where you had to become a citizen in order to register to vote in the presidential election, and I was determined to cast my vote.

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