Richard Sousa

Research Fellow
Biography: 

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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The Ph.D. Gap

by Hanna Skandera, Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, April 30, 2002

The United States continues to offer the best graduate school education in the world. Unfortunately, the percentage of American students enrolled in these programs has shrunk. By Hoover public affairs fellow Hanna Skandera and Hoover associate director Richard Sousa.

Why Bigger Isn’t Better

by Richard Sousa, Hanna Skanderavia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 30, 2001

As our schools and school districts become ever larger, parents, teachers, and students are finding themselves increasingly removed from educational decision making. Hoover public affairs fellow Hanna Skandera and Hoover associate director Richard Sousa on a disturbing trend.

School Choice: The Evidence Comes In

by Hanna Skandera, Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

Critics of school choice have long asserted that it would lead the best and brightest students to desert public schools, confronting such schools with an even worse crisis than the one they already face. Milwaukee has had a voucher program for 10 years. The result? Milwaukee’s test scores are up—way up. By Hoover public affairs fellow Hanna Skandera and Hoover associate director Richard Sousa.

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Who Speaks for the Teachers?

by Richard Sousa, Hanna Skanderavia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, November 20, 2000

Both NEA and AFT political contributions lean heavily toward the Democratic Party

A Warrior on War

by Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 30, 1999

Discussing the conflict in the Balkans, General John Shalikashvili, former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offers American policymakers some advice. By Hoover associate director Richard Sousa.

Treasures from the Archives

by Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 1999

Hoover Institution associate director Richard Sousa on a document that looks innocuous—but changed the world.

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