Ruy Teixeira ( ) is an
American political scientist and commentator who
has written several books on various topics in political science
and political strategy.
Most recently, he co-wrote with
John Judis The Emerging Democratic
(2002), a book arguing that Democrats
in the United
States are demographically
become a majority party in the early 21st century. He writes and
edits the weblog The
born in Washington,
D.C., on December 15, 1951.
His parents were
Marie Overmeyer Teixeira and Bernardo Teixeira. He has one older
sibling, Diogo Teixeira, a businessman, and one younger
half-brother, Bernardo de Albergaria, a marketing executive. Ruy's
parents were divorced when he was quite young and he grew up
strongly influenced by his mother who was an artist, painter, and
Ruy was tested to be quite bright when in junior high school.
a grade and graduated from Bethesda Chevy
Chase High School at the age of 16.
After a year off, he
attended Yale University for a year but left to participate in
left-wing political activities. He eventually graduated from the
University of Michigan in 1976 and moved on to the University of
Wisconsin to obtain a Ph. D. in sociology in 1983.