Adam Hilton

Assistant Professor of Politics
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 current book project, From New Deal to Neoliberalism: The Transformation of the Democratic Party in the Age of Inequality (under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press), addresses the paradox of Democratic Party ideology in our current age of inequality, where progressive efforts at greater civic inclusion have become divorced from a redistributional policy agenda.

He has published in a variety of professional and public venues, including 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, 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.

Western Mass. shifts left?

Mount Holyoke assistant professor of politics Adam Hilton spoke with GQ magazine about the shifting politics of western Massachusetts.

Adam Hilton, assistant professor of politics at Mount Holyoke College.

Adam Hilton talks Wisconsin election

Adam Hilton, assistant professor of politics at Mount Holyoke, spoke to Time about the Wisconsin election and what it might foretell for November 2020. 

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Adam Hilton, Visiting Lecturer in Politics

Is Bill Weld the answer to ‘Never Trump’?

Adam Hilton, assistant professor of politics at Mount Holyoke College, puts Bill Weld’s audacious presidential bid in context. 

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Superdelegates 101 from MHC professor

The Democratic Party is expected to eliminate superdelegates, which would affect the 2020 election, writes Adam Hilton in the Washington Post.