In Praise of Speculative History

New conjectural works share a project: to broaden the scope of historical understanding beyond the thin span of written records.


I Read It at the Movies

The film Genius offers a peek into the bruising relationship between editors and authors.


Take Your Time

The corporate university steals it — let’s grab it back.


The New McCarthyism

Why another academic witch hunt could take off.


You Probably Won't Get Tenure. Get Your Ph.D. Anyway.

The one broadly marketable skill a humanist might acquire in graduate school is the ability to teach.


The Flaw at the Heart of Psychological Research

The nature of the discipline makes statistics create headaches.


The Ghost (Writer) in the Machine

Who wrote the first novel on a word processor, and what is the future of writing technology?


Where Conservative Ideas Come From

Historians of the right face a reckoning in the time of Trump.

‘Trump Syllabus’ Is as White as the Man Himself

Some scholars argue that the reading list represents neither diversity nor a commitment to social justice.


The Trump Issue

How did Donald Trump’s candidacy happen? What ideas has he upended? How is academe responding? What does his candidacy mean for the future of democracy? We asked scholars from a variety of disciplines to weigh in.


Make America America Again

Trump’s campaign has become a referendum on what it means to be an American.


Pox Populi

Forget democracy. What we need is epistocracy, where voting power is accorded by competence and knowledge.


Poor White Politics

Too long have elites dismissed the political reflexes of impoverished whites.


The Clickbait Candidate

How web analytics fueled Trump's rise.


The Politics of Resentment

Trump says what angry voters think.


I, Donald

Thucydides and Plato warned us about this guy.


Fundamental Mistakes

This campaign is proving wrong decades of research on evangelicals.

Trump Syllabus

Michael Kazin, Jill Lepore, Harvey Mansfield, Alan Wolfe, and others offer an election-year curriculum.


The Jerk’s Political Moment

We take pleasure in Trump's clowning, nevermind the civic stakes. 

The Problem With 'Wellness' as a Virtue

The word is "recognizable as a piece of cant, a neologism that allows the trademarking and subtle distortion of free things that used to belong to everybody."