John Russo

John Russo is a visiting researcher at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University, co-author of Steeltown U.S.A.: Work and Memory in Youngstown, and co-editor with Sherry Linkon of the blog Working-Class Perspectives.


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Lacking Sherrod Brown’s secret (progressive populist) sauce, Ohio Democrats will likely keep on losing. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Democrats need to do like Sherrod Brown and promote a progressive populism. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Instead of Band-Aids and nostrums, Democrats need to embrace policies like full employment to win back the support of workers. Read more

Working in America


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But for Sherrod Brown, recent state Democratic candidates no longer know how to appeal to them. Read more

Economic Policy


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Doug Jones’s victory and a new play drawing on Nina Simone’s songs illustrate the opportunities and challenges we face in 2018. Read more

, Books, Arts and Culture


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The closure of an Ohio steel mill sent thousands into low-wage jobs and kicked off a politics of resentment that powers left- and right-wing populist movements today. Read more

, Economic Policy


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And despite his campaign promises, this onetime powerhouse of industrial America is still beleaguered—and could lose lots of jobs if Obamacare is repealed or replaced. Read more

, Economic Policy

Can you have a model city in a left-behind region? Read more

Working in America


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Pittsburgh and Youngstown push back against the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Read more

, Housing and Transportation


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An ossified state party needs a long-overdue makeover if this key swing state is to swing back toward the Democrats. Read more

Money, Politics and Power