What is the Progressive American?
Hello! I am Conor Kelly, the founder of The Progressive American, a program dedicated to progressive politics and an informed public. Democracy is a participatory system, and in order for participation to matter, the people must know what affects their daily lives.
The Progressive American is dedicated to providing informative, persuasive, and well-rounded political commentary in addition to resources for research. Through my work, I help you to help yourself as political actors and as members of the body politic. Here, informative commentary research and progressive politics intersect. To emphasize that complex relationship, I established The Progressive American newsletter, where you can read the latest news from a progressive and sometimes critical perspective.
As a student of history and politics, I have worked on multiple projects that inform my work. I have written several theses about the growth of political institutions and movements. Namely, my thesis Ella Baker: Mentor and Fundi, focused heavily on the development of long-time activist and civil rights advocate Ella Baker. I examined her philosophy and how it helped create the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. I was a consistent staff writer for the Lorian, and for three of those years, I served as its opinion editor. Since my graduation, I have dedicated myself primarily to The Progressive American YouTube and podcast and newsletter. Currently, I am a graduate student of political science at the University of Illinois at Springfield.