James Early is the former Director of Cultural Studies and Communication at the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Since 1984, Mr. Early has served in various positions at the Smithsonian Institution, including Assistant Provost for Educational and Cultural Programs.


Understanding Socialism and Democratic Socialism Today

James Early and E. Ethelbert Miller explore the historical context and development of socialism and democratic socialism.

No One’s Leaving the Negotiating Table in Cuba

Negotiations between Cuban and American government representatives are ongoing, James Early says, regardless of Trump’s latest executive order.

Diplomatic Relations Open the Door to a New Perspective on Cuba

IPS scholars James Early and Netfa Freeman talk about how new diplomatic relations with Cuba give us a chance to see the response from the Cuban people and move forward in the battle to end the embargo.

Obama’s Visit to Cuba: Dangers and Benefits to the Cuban Revolution

IPS Board Member James Early and Alex Main delve into the risk-benefit analysis of Cuba opening up to the United States

Trump Dominates Super Tuesday by Channeling Resentment

Frances Fox Piven & IPS board member James Early talk with Paul Jay about Trump’s appeal to sections of the white working class.

Hugo Chavez Frias: In Memory, Solidarity, Commitment to Participatory Democracy and Justice in Peace

A year after the death of Hugo Chavez Frias, we take time to reflect about his life, his virtues and limitations, his public promises, achievements and unfinished work. Chavez was a bold thinker, uncompromising in his goal of constructing a new, just, economically productive Venezuela.

“Viva Mandela, Viva!”

The Institute for Policy Studies Mourns and Celebrates Nelson Mandela, Revolutionary Freedom Fighter

Arts Stimulus Plan

Here’s a detailed call for the stimulus plan to include a program that will support artists and writers.

Cuba’s Post-Castro Revolutionary Transition

It’s time to honestly step forth and engage Cubans and their government on the terms they negotiate inside their own country.