Adam Hilton


  • Assistant Professor of Politics
Adam Hilton

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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

Adam Hilton, Ƶapp assistant professor of politics, spoke with USA Today about Sen. Krysten Sinema’s decision to register as an independent.

A panel of political and reproductive rights experts from Ƶapp and Smith College spoke about the history of reproductive rights in both America and Latin America and about ways to fight against the current abortion restrictions.

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

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

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

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 

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

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