Richard Sousa

Research Fellow

Richard Sousa is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Hoover IP2 steering committee. He was the Institution’s senior associate director until 2014; simultaneously, he was director of the Hoover Institution Library and Archives from 2007 to 2012.

Sousa, an economist, specializes in K–12 education, labor economics, discrimination issues, and intellectual property. 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 What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools (Education Next Books, 2014), a volume that examines the current state of America’s K–12 education landscape and offers suggestions for improvement. He is also 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 2008–09.

His op-eds and articles have appeared in newspapers and periodicals throughout the country including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Dallas Morning News, and Forbes.

As director of the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, Sousa was intimately involved in securing major acquisitions, including the Chiang Kai-shek diaries; the William Rehnquist papers; the Georgian, Estonian, and Lithuanian KGB files; and the Ba’th Party Papers of the Iraq Memory Foundation. He initiated major facilities upgrades to the archives preservation and conservation labs, the library processing room, and the archives reading room.

Sousa was director of the Institution’s Diplomat Training Program, which ran from 1990 through 1995. He was also responsible for launching the Institution’s major communications initiatives: the Institution’s web site, Hoover DigestEducation Next, Policy Review, Hoover Weekly Essays, Facts on Policy series, and Uncommon Knowledge.

Before coming to Hoover in 1990, Sousa was an economist at the RAND Corporation, Welch Consulting, and Unicon Research Corporation; he has taught economics and statistics at UCLA and has testified in class action legal cases. Sousa was a senior consultant to the Soong Family Archives and Research Center at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Sousa holds degrees in economics from Boston College and UCLA.

His research papers are available in the Hoover Institution Archives.

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Recent Commentary

Go East

by Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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

Menachem Begin pictured in his secret-police mug shot

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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...

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Reacting to the Spending Spree: Policy Changes We Can Afford

by Terry Anderson, Jagdish Bhagwati, Charles Calomiris, Richard A. Epstein, Stephen Haber, Kevin Hassett, James Huffman, F. Scott Kieff, Gary D. Libecap, Henry E. Smithvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, April 27, 2009

In this nine-chapter volume, the authors examine the challenges the Obama administration faces today, and in the foreseeable future, and the administration’s planned responses.

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.

Analysis and Commentary

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

by Richard Sousavia 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...

All in the Family

by Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 19, 2007

Why does homeschooling work? In a word, family support. By Richard Sousa.

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Bracket Creep

by Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 19, 2007

A tax created to snare the superrich will soon burden tens of millions of ordinary filers. Why the AMT is neither fair nor rational. By Kyoko Oishi and Richard Sousa.

Analysis and Commentary

On Education - Homeschooling is a viable alternative to public schools

by Richard Sousawith Caroline M. Hoxbyvia San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, June 11, 2007

Let's hear it for the home team -- they have done it again...