Henry Olsen

Vice President and Director, National Research Initiative

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Henry Olsen, a lawyer by training, is the director of AEI's National Research Initiative. In that capacity, he identifies leading academics and public intellectuals who work in an aspect of domestic public policy and recruits them to visit or write for AEI. Mr. Olsen studies and writes about the policy and political implications of long-term trends in social, economic, and political thought.


  • Vice President for Programs, Executive Director, Center for Civic Innovation, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 1998-2006
  • President, Executive Director, Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives, 1995-98
  • Attorney, Dechert, Price, and Rhoads, 1991-95
  • Judicial Clerk, Judge Danny J. Boggs, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1990-91
  • Legislative Assistant, California State Assembly, 1984-87
  • Associate, Hoffenblum-Mollrich Communications, 1983-84
  • Consultant, Sebastiani Redistrict Initiative, 1983


J.D., University of Chicago Law School
B.A., Claremont McKenna College
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