Karen Dolan

About Karen Dolan

Areas of Expertise:
Progressive movement, policymakers
Poverty, economic hardship
Cost of war and militarism at home

Karen Dolan is a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Karen holds an M.A. With Highest Distinction in Philosophy and Social Policy from the American University in Washington DC.

Karen joined IPS in 1996. Her public scholarship and activism at IPS has linked community-led organizations with policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. The focus of her work is on anti-poverty issues, local democracy and empowerment, and peace. Karen currently coordinates the Economic Hardship Reporting Project with New York Times Best-Selling Author Barbara Ehrenreich. The project focuses on telling the stories of widespread economic hardship in the United States.

Some of Karen’s publications include: Battered By The Storm: How the Safety Net is Failing Americans and How to Fix it; Our Communities are Not for Sale; Paying the Price: the Mounting Costs of War in Iraq; Foreign Policy Goes Local; and she was a contributor for Mandate for Change. Karen blogs for Huffington Post and regularly appears in other media outlets. Karen serves on the boards of The Participatory Budgeting Project and Jobs With Justice Worker Rights Board.

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Articles by Karen Dolan

Away with the Clowns

November 4, 2015 | The GOP race may be a circus, but the candidates are dead serious about padding the pockets of the rich.

Poor Black Man

Guilty of Being Poor

April 1, 2015 | When a community issues arrest warrants for more offenses than it has residents, something's deeply wrong.


The People’s Rebuttal

January 29, 2014 | When Obama got populist in his State of the Union address, he didn't get it quite right.