Adam Hilton

  • Assistant Professor of Politics
  • on leave fall 2022
Adam Hilton

Professor Adam Hilton's teaching and research approaches American politics from a comparative and historical perspective. More specifically, his scholarship focuses on the intersection of institutional and contentious forms of politics, especially the dynamic interrelationships of social movements and political parties as co-evolutionary forces in American political development.

His new book, True Blues: The Contentious Transformation of the Democratic Party (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021), traces the struggle of officeholders and outside groups to control the party since the end of the New Deal era and offers a new perspective on how to understand party politics more broadly.

He has published in a variety of professional and public venues, including Studies in Political Economy, Studies in American Political Development, Polity, New Political Science, the Socialist Register, New Labor Forum, the Washington Post, and Jacobin Magazine.

He regularly teaches courses on American Politics, US Elections, Parties and Movements, Inequality, and American Political Development.

Areas of Expertise

American Politics; US Elections; Political Parties; Social Movements; American Political Development


  • Ph.D., M.A., York University
  • B.A., Evergreen State College

Happening at Mount Holyoke

Recent Campus News

Mount Holyoke College will host a panel of experts who will discuss navigating reproductive rights in the post-Roe landscape.

Adam Hilton, assistant professor of politics at Mount Holyoke, talks about the response to the State of the Union address from the Democrats.

The power of two Democratic senators to derail party priorities is due to a razor-thin majority, not poor party unity, says Mount Holyoke’s Adam Hilton.

Recent Grants

Received a Centennial Grant for Supplemental Research Support from the American Political Science Association for “Making Waves: How Party Insurgents Transform American Politics (Even When They Lose).” The project is for one year. (2022)

Recent Publications

Hilton, A. (2021). True blues: The contentious transformation of the Democratic Party. University of Pennsylvania Press.

Amelia Malpas ’22 and Adam Hilton, "Retreating from Redistribution? Trends in Democratic Party Fidelity to Economic Equality, 1984-2020," paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 14-18, 2021

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