John Schwarz's work at Demos focuses on developing a new vision for a more democratic and fairer America based on the value of freedom, the argument in his book, Freedom Reclaimed: Rediscovering the American Vision (2005).

He is currently professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science at University of Arizona, where he has been since 1970.

He has published five books and articles of his have appeared in every major professional journal in political science as well as many outlets for the general public, including the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, The Nation, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

His prior book, Illusions of Opportunity: The American Dream in Question, was entered in nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. Two of his other books, America's Hidden Success and The Forgotten Americans, have been placed on lists of the best fifty books on American economic and social policy written during the past half century.

In 1984, America's Hidden Success was named through the American Political Science Association as the best book of the year on public policy. It was named by The Washington Monthly in 1984 as one of the best five books of the year.

He has a B.A. from Oberlin College and a PhD from Indiana University. He also was educated at The London School of Economics and Political Science and L'Institut d'Études Politiques at the University of Paris.