Christopher Rufo

Christopher Rufo

Visiting Fellow for Domestic Policy Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Welfare
  • Poverty and Inequality

Christopher is a Visiting Fellow for Domestic Policy Studies and the director of the Center on Wealth & Poverty at Discovery Institute.

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Documentary filmmaker Christopher Rufo has joined The Heritage Foundation as a visiting fellow in domestic policy studies, focusing on homelessness. Read the news release here.

Rufo, who has directed four documentaries for PBS, Netflix, and international television, currently is the director for the Center on Wealth and Poverty at the Discovery Institute. He also serves as a contributing editor of City Journal, where he covers poverty, homelessness, addiction, crime, and other afflictions.  

Rufo spent five years in three “forgotten American cities”—Youngstown, Ohio, Memphis, Tennessee, and Stockton, California—to gather intimate stories of Americans on the edge to produce his feature-length documentary America Lost. The film reveals the dramatic decline of the American interior through a combination of emotional personal stories and thoughtful conservative commentary. Ultimately, the film offers a glimpse of hope for rebuilding America’s families and communities from the bottom up.

He has appeared on numerous media outlets including NPR, CNN, ABC, CBS, HLN and Fox News. His worked has been featured on The Blaze, Yahoo Finance, BET News, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

Rufo is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University and a Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow.