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Karen Dolan
Cities for Peace
Cities for Progress

1112 16th St NW Suite 600
Washington, DC, 20036

Cities for Peace Cities for Progress

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.


Recent Work

Glee and the Dems Get in a Funk
November 3 - The Glee kids still have the talent, the good intentions, diversity, idealism, tolerance on their side--and so do progressives.

The Midterm Elections and What They Will Mean for the Progressive Movement
October 5 - Will the Democrats lose the House? How many seats might they lose and why? View the opinions of three experts from the Institute for Policy Studies.

Let's Strengthen our Safety Net
September 20 - One in seven Americans--a record high of 43.6 million people--was poor last year. Published in The Bemidji (MN) Pioneer and The Fayette County News (GA) and The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT).

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