Tamara Draut

Tamara Draut is a leading commentator on class, work, and economics in America. 

Her research appears regularly in the media, including outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Boston Globe. She is a frequent television commentator and has appeared on the Colbert Report, Today Show, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC and many others. Tamara first book, critically acclaimed, is Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead (Doubleday, 2006).

Tamara is also Vice President of Policy and Research at Demos, where she develops and advances the organization's goals through research, idea generation, and policy development. Tamara is a member of the Demos Executive Team helping to develop and drive the strategic direction of the organization. A member of the Demos team since 2001, Tamara developed the organization’s groundbreaking work on household indebtedness, middle-class insecurity and the economic challenges facing young people. 

The daughter of an office manager and a late steel worker, Tamara grew up in Middletown, Ohio, and is an avid Bengal’s fan. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.​

The Millennial SqueezeThe American Prospect

More than three years after the official end of the recession, more than 5.6 million 18- to 34-year-olds want a job and can’t find one. An additional 4.7 million young adults are underemployed—they’re either working part time when they really want a full-time position, or they’ve simply given up on their job search. High unemployment is unlikely to abate anytime soon without much greater public investment, direct action to create jobs, or both. If we continue to add jobs at the current rate, it will be 2022 before the country recovers to full employment, and even under those conditions workers younger than 25 will face unemployment rates double the national average—and flat or declining wages.

Beyond Bankruptcy Reform — Boston Review

The antiquated, patchwork state of our public safety net—especially unemployment insurance, bankruptcy protections, and public health insurance—ensures that as more Americans fall on hard times, there is less support available to them.

Occupy CollegeThe Nation

The crushing burden of student debt has shattered the American dream for a whole generation. They want their future back.

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