Adam Hilton

Assistant Professor of Politics
Specialization: 
American Politics; US Elections; Political Parties; Social Movements; American Political Development

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.

Recent Campus News

This is a portrait of Adam Hilton, assistant professor of politics, standing in front of a bookcase. He is wearing a plaid shirt and glasses, smiling.

The progressive response to SOTU address

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

Adam Hilton Mount Holyoke College

Democrats' agenda kneecapped by voting margin

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.

These are side-by-side portraits of Assistant Professor of politics Adam Hilton and student Amelia Malpas.

Pandemic politics show leftward movement

The Democratic party’s progressive wing has found a moment amid the pandemic, says assistant professor Adam Hilton and Amelia Malpas ’22 at Mount Holyoke.

Adam Hilton in his office at Mount Holyoke College

The Republican Party’s radicalization

Mount Holyoke College Assistant Professor of Politics Adam Hilton talked to The Boston Globe about the radicalization of Republicans.  

Adam Hilton, Visiting Lecturer in Politics

How the Democratic Party can move forward

Adam Hilton, assistant professor of politics at Mount Holyoke College, has penned an editorial on how the Democratic Party can manage internal pressures. 

Recent Publications

Hilton, A., & Malpas, A. [MHC '22] (2021). "Biden's Democrats want to roll back the Reagan era. Are the party and the country ready?" Washington Post, March 19, 2021 https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/03/19/bidens-democrats-want-roll-back-reagan-era-are-party-country-ready/
 

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