About Author Elizabeth Rusch

Elizabeth Rusch is a public policy expert, speaker, and author of the new nonpartisan book You Call THIS Democracy? How to fix our government and deliver power to the people, which examines in simple terms our democracy’s missteps and how we can work together to create “a more perfect union.”


You Call THIS Democracy?, an Amazon Bestseller, was featured in the New York Times Book Review, received a starred review from Kirkus, which called it “a riveting must-read,” and has been endorsed by Hillary Clinton and commenters from CNN and FOX News, among others.


Rusch is also the creator of the “50 State Democracy Report Card,” a simple tool people can use to check how elections function in their state overall and on specific metrics; and a series of short, fun, informative YouTube videos on the issues covered in the book, called Flash Course on Democracy, which entertain while educating people of all ages about how our elections really work.


The author of 20 award-winning books and more than 100 magazine articles, Rusch and her work have been featured in The Discovery Channel, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud, The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post, and Smithsonian, Teacher, and Parenting magazines, among many others.


She has a masters’ in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and served as a Jacob K. Javits Fellow in the U.S. Senate.  Spurred by what she learned writing this book, Rusch has begun advocating for democracy from her home in Portland, Oregon.


Visit her at www.elizabethrusch.com

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Rusch is available for

speaking engagements

about the health of our democracy.


She can tailor her talk for 

civic groups, activists groups,

book clubs (especially political book clubs), high schools,

colleges and universities, and nonprofits.

Inquire at author@elizabethrusch.com