Steven M. Teles
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Teles’ central interest is in the interaction of public policy and processes of organizational genesis and change. How do movements create new kinds of organizations, how do funding processes influence the kinds of organizations that are created, how do those organizations take (and change) positions, and how do all these actions eventually influence what government actually does? He attacks these larger theoretical questions by talking directly with political activists and funders (among others), and digging into organizational papers. He has written for a number of popular publications, but his most important civic involvement today is as an editorial board member of The Washington Monthly, where he also contributes most of his non-academic writing. He also gives talks to Federalist Society chapters on a fairly regular basis, which gives him a chance to meet conservatives across the country and, he hopes, build some bridges to them.
Talks and Briefings
Teles gives talks regularly to various groups, with titles like “Why Conservatives are Turning against Mass Incarceration,” “Kludgeocracy: Why American Public Policy is So Complicated and What, if Anything, Can be Done About It,” and “The Elusive Craft of Evaluating Advocacy” (a good talk for funders).