Tope Folarin is the director of the Institute for Policy Studies. He’s been with IPS since 2010, first as a Newman Fellow and later as Board Chair. He’s a winner of the Whiting Award for his debut novel, A Particular Kind of Black Man, and the Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story “Miracle.” He’s a graduate of Morehouse College and Oxford.






Poor People Will Be Voting for Their Lives in the Midterms

New poverty data reveals the effectiveness of pandemic aid programs that are now expired. For poor Americans, building on that success is a matter of life and death.

Remembering Barbara Ehrenreich

The acclaimed author and activist had a 40-year history with the Institute for Policy Studies, first as a staff member and later as a project leader and board member.

One Million COVID-19 Deaths Is a Searing Indictment of Inequality in America

It was poverty that made the pandemic so deadly. We shouldn’t compound the tragedy of 1 million COVID-19 deaths by letting it continue.

9/11 at 20: Our Moral Obligation After Two Decades of War

First, Washington needs to stop killing people. Next, we have to challenge our nation’s assumptions and priorities.

20 Years After 9-11

Congresswoman Barbara Lee in conversation with Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman, as well as the Institute for Policy Studies’ Tope Folarin, the Friends Committee on National Legislation’s Diane Randall, and Win Without War’s Stephen Miles.

Is There Really Freedom in the Outdoors?

After a year indoors, a writer remembers the joy — and pressures — of a childhood spent in Utah.

Masters of Reality

The mania of white truth.

Excerpt From ‘A Particular Kind of Black Man’

Tope Folarin shares an excerpt from his new book, ‘A Particular Kind of Black Man.”

Can a Black Novelist Write Autofiction?

Why the hottest literary trend of the last decade is so blindingly white.

If we want a vital, creative society, we need universal dental care, too

I hope that I am among the last who will languish for years with swollen gums and big dreams.

Tope Folarin on the Misguided Urge to Carve the World Into Binaries

“Why are we in the West so deeply uncomfortable with and?”

What the Chilean Miners Taught Me

The most salient connection between progressive politics and art is imagination.

What Obama can Learn from W.

Obama needs to put his heart on his sleeve to regain the approval of voters.

Education Reform: Waiting for the Super Rich?

Should our education system rely on the help of philanthropists like Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to achieve meaningful reform?

Nigeria @ 50

The direction that Nigeria takes — towards a future of hope and growth, or one of backsliding and defeat — depends, to a great extent, on the country’s future leadership.

Immigrants’ American Dreams

We need a system that responds to the realities of immigration in this country while rejecting the knee-jerk discrimination that the Arizona law represents.

The Chase for the World Cup Has Begun

Amidst the celebrations there are some real questions about how the people of South Africa will benefit from the World Cup.

Obama at the BP Press Conference

The president was cool and competent, as always. But his press conference speech once again lacked substantive answers to the Gulf oil spill disaster.

The World Cup and I

Soccer’s big event is about to begin in South Africa. It’s time to root for your favorite team…and for Africa.

Sweatshops Won’t Save Haiti

The UN donors’ conference is an opportunity to help Haitians rebuild in a manner that respects their humanity and enables them to become more productive.