Erica Grieder

Erica Grieder is a senior editor at Texas Monthly. From 2007 to 2012, she covered Texas as the southwest correspondent for the Economist, to which she still contributes. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Spectator, the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and the New Republic. Her first book, Big, Hot, Cheap and Right, was published in April 2013 by Public Affairs Books. She lives in Austin.


A Fleeting Moment of Substance

On Thursday, Wendy Davis offered a good policy idea, which was forgotten by Friday

Weekend Wobbles

Two court rulings and a debate over a debate add up to a couple of headaches for Abbott. 

What Social Conservatives (and Liberals) Can Learn from Kyleen Wright

When it comes to policy making, reasons matter.

The Compassionate Social Conservative

Kyleen Wright explains why HB 2 is good for women.

Rick Perry's Political Motives

The indictments against the governor may point to a legal lapse rather than an ethical one.

Abbott on the Attack

The attorney general takes a swing at Wendy Davis.

A Creepy Texas Story

Wendy Davis’s first TV ad of the gubernatorial campaign is a fairly dark one 

Grand Old Problem

What Greg Abbott and the Republican party should have learned from their state convention.

Making Sense of a Migration Crisis

Step one: question your own assumptions

Thinking About Rick Perry

In which we reveal all the behind-the-scenes drama and intrigue behind our August cover package

A response from Michael Williams

Texas’s Commissioner of Education gives our Perry Report Card an F.

Meanwhile, about this border situation...

An influx of illegal immigrants from Central America to the Rio Grande Valley is a humanitarian crisis with serious implications for border security.

Exit, Stage Center

Robert Duncan, master of the Texas Senate, considers a new line of work.

Well, well, well

The Texas Public Policy Foundation changes its view of state spending.

May God Lead and Guide You!

Tuesday’s primary runoffs caused almost as much heartburn among Republicans as Democrats.