“Politics is a strong and slow boring of hard boards. It takes both passion and perspective.” — Max Weber, Politics as a Vocation

Campaigns and elections influence policy, and policy has immense, sometimes life-or-death consequences. High-minded ideals are worth nothing unless accompanied by a strategy to win.

Slow Boring is a newsletter and blog by Matthew Yglesias on the substantive, tactical, and strategic aspects of American politics and public policy. We aim to bring not just passion but perspective, an element often missing in a contemporary media landscape driven by algorithms, clicks, conformism, and fads.

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Matthew Yglesias
Blogger, journalist, podcaster, trying to get back to my roots.
Marc Novicoff
I like to write about politics. I go to Dartmouth, and I study history and economics. I was the inaugural intern at Slow Boring from Nov 2020-June 2021. I now write Marc's Take, a blog about politics. You can email me at marcnovicoff@gmail.com
Simon Bazelon
Author of Out of the Ordinary. Studying political science and philosophy at Yale University. Slow Boring contributor, research affiliate at Data for Progress, working on survey research for Blue Rose Research.
David Schleicher
Professor, Yale Law School
Sasha Issenberg
Sasha Issenberg is the author of four books, most recently "The Engagement: America's Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage." He is the Washington correspondent for Monocle and teaches in the political science department at UCLA.
Eric Goldwyn
Eric is an assistant professor and program director of the Transportation and Land-Use Program at NYU Marron. He is currently studying the cost drivers of transit-infrastructure projects with Alon Levy and Elif Ensari. @ericgoldwyn
Keith Humphreys
Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and a former blogger at Reality-Based Community (R.I.P) and Washington Post Wonkblog (R.I.P).
Stan Oklobdzija
Stan Oklobdzija is a Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Riverside’s School of Public Policy. He was previously Research Director of California YIMBY, a group dedicated to reforming housing and land use policy in that state.
Milan Singh
Incumbent intern, Yale '26, milan@slowboring.com
David Shor
I try to elect Democrats
Patrick Collison
Mostly payments infrastructure, sometimes science funding
Natalie Shure
Natalie Shure is a writer and researcher in Boston.
Lee Harris
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Claire Cantrell
Editorial assistant at Slow Boring. Texas native with a passion for international affairs, Latin America, and geography.