Steven M. Teles is associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and fellow at the New America Foundation.

His most recent book, co-authored with David Dagan, is Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration (Oxford, 2016). He is also the author of The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law (Princeton University Press, 2008), and Whose Welfare: AFDC and Elite Politics (University Press of Kansas, 1996).

He has co-edited two books: Conservatism and American Political Development (Oxford University Press, 2009, with Brian Glenn) and Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy: Comparing the US and UK (Cambridge University Press, 2005, with Glenn Loury and Tariq Modood). Professor Teles has appeared in the New Statesman, American Prospect, Public Interest, National Affairs, The American Interest, Prospect (UK) and Boston Review.

He holds a PhD in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a BA in political science from George Washington University.