Richard Sousa

Senior Associate Director / Research Fellow

Richard Sousa is senior associate director and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He served as director of the library and archives from 2007 to 2012. He has been at Hoover since 1990.

Sousa, an economist, specializes in human capital, discrimination, labor market issues, and K–12 education. He coauthored School Figures: The Data behind the Debate (Hoover Institution Press, 2003). Using facts and figures, this volume provides a concise and understandable analysis of the state of K–12 education in the United States. He is coeditor of Reacting to the Spending Spree: Policy Changes We Can Afford (Hoover Institution Press, 2009), an early assessment of what the Obama administration faced and how it was reacting to the economic crisis of 2008–9.

His op-eds have appeared in newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Dayton Daily News, and Providence Journal; his articles have appeared in School Reform News and the Hoover Digest.

As director of the Hoover Library and Archives, Sousa was responsible for the major upgrade to the archives preservation and conservation lab and was intimately involved with major acquisitions, including the Chiang Kai-shek diaries; the William Rehnquist papers; the Georgia, Estonia, and Lithuanian KGB files; and the Iraq Memory Foundation collection. As senior associate director, Sousa works with the Institution’s director to develop institutional policies, strategy, long-range planning, and external communications.

Sousa was also responsible for launching the Institution’s major communications initiatives: Hoover Digest: Research and Opinion on Public Policy, Education Next: A Journal of Opinion and Research, the Hoover Weekly Essays, the Facts on Policy and Focus on Issues series, and Uncommon Knowledge™ (the Institution’s television series). From 1990 to 1995, Sousa was the coordinator of the Diplomat Training Program.

Sousa is a senior consultant to the Soong Family Archives and Research Center at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Sousa was an economist at the RAND Corporation, has taught economics and statistics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and has testified in class action legal cases.

Sousa holds degrees in economics from Boston College and UCLA.

His research papers are available at the Hoover Institution Archives.

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What Lies Ahead For Digital Education

by Richard Sousavia
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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One of These Embargoes is Not Like the Others

by Richard Sousa, Marla Goodmanvia Daily Caller (DC)
Friday, August 23, 2013

Let’s play a game. Here are five countries, see if you can tell what they have in common, and more importantly, how they differ: 1. Iran 2. North Korea 3. Syria 4. Sudan 5. Cuba The answer

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Military Self-Interest in Accountability for Core International Crimes

by Richard Sousa, Morten Bergsmo, Arne Willy Dahlvia Analysis
Monday, July 22, 2013

Accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide has received increased international attention since the establishment of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in 1993 (‘ICTY’). Internationalized criminal tribunals were subsequently established for Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Iraq and Lebanon, and we have seen high profile war crimes cases against former leaders such as Slobodan Milošević, Saddam Hussein and Charles Taylor. Although there have been some controversies and setbacks, the overall trend since the mid-1990s has been one of increased support for accountability for flagrant violations of international criminal law.

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The Greatest Generation

by Richard Sousavia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

With all due respect to Tom Brokaw, he didn’t get it quite right about the “Greatest Generation.” In his book The Greatest Generation, Brokaw extols the virtues and influence of well-known Americans in the defense, development, and recovery of the United States in the

Go East

by Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Hoover focuses on building broad, deep East Asia collections. By Richard Sousa.

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Agents of History

by Maciej Siekierski, Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Secret police keep wonderful records. Researchers who study Lithuania can thank the KGB—and some hardworking archivists—for a priceless historical collection. By Maciej Siekierski and Richard Sousa.

Back to the Future on Markets

by Terry Anderson, Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 9, 2009

There are actually some policy changes that will work and won’t cost a fortune. By Terry L. Anderson and Richard Sousa.

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Obama's Back To The Future Of Markets

by Terry Anderson, Richard Sousawith Hoover Institutionvia Forbes
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Recent polls show that President Obama continues to receive high style points, but that his policies are being less well received...

Caretaker of Chinese History

by Richard Sousa, He Lidanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What makes Hoover an essential stop for China scholars? An interview with Richard Sousa, director of the Hoover Archives. By He Lidan.

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It's past time we shut down this D.C. money machine

by Richard Sousa, Kyoko Oishivia Houston Chronicle
Sunday, October 28, 2007

In the midst of the Vietnam War, when 550,000 military personnel were deployed there, members of Congress noted another issue that was generating more constituent mail than the war...