Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
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Washington, DC 20036
Areas of Expertise & Civic InvolvementsWilliamson’s research focuses on the politics of taxation in America. She worked at the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America from 2004 to 2010, serving as their Policy Director from 2007.
SSN Key Findings, February 2013
The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism (with Theda Skocpol) (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Shows how grassroots activism, elite funders and policy advocates, and the right-wing media interact to allow the Tea Party to boost the GOP and prod it to the right. Includes interviews with grass roots activists and an analysis of the role of the Tea Party in the 2010 and 2012 elections.
Media ContributionsWilliamson has been quoted in diverse media outlets, including the Associated Press, the Washington Post, CNN, NPR, McClatchy, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Guardian, and Mother Jones.
Vanessa Williamson quoted on the Koch's outsized influence on the Republican party in Jeff Stein, "How Conservative Megadonors Built a Shadow GOP That Weakened the Official Party" Vox, April 14, 2016.
Vanessa Williamson's research on conservative media (with Theda Skocpol) discussed in Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks, "Fox News' Divisive Race Strategy: How O'Reilly, Hannity and Coulter Intentionally Tore America Apart," Salon, May 17, 2014.
Talks and Briefings
"The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism," Allegheny College Center for Political Participation, September 22, 2011.
"Media Outreach to Veterans and Access to VA Services," Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, July 15, 2008.