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."


Israel Boycott Has Staying Power

The American Anthropological Association narrowly defeated sanctions against Israeli academe but brought injustices against Palestinians to a larger stage.


Anthropologists’ Israel Boycott: Long on Sanctimony, Short on Promise

If, as predicted, anthropologists approve this misguided academic sanction, they’ll be boycotting history and logic, too.


The Travesty of Starving Our Best Public Universities  

It is possible to create spaces of opportunity and rich intellectual inquiry, but we have failed to summon the necessary will.


That’s Edutainment!  

We’re educators, not cast members at Disney World. But hey, a little pizazz wouldn’t kill us.


Ancient Chinese Wisdom on Modern Western Dilemmas

A popular Harvard philosophy course makes its way from the stage to the page.