The Vanishing Big Thinker

Scholars have come to value academic progress over public benefit.

‘Trump Syllabus’ Ignores Race, Xenophobia

A contributor to the "Trump Syllabus" voices her disapproval of the project.


Police Violence, Out of Context

What a recent high-profile study about police shootings got wrong.


Why Social Science Risks Irrelevance

The privilege to pursue knowledge carries a responsibility to share it with the world.



The Nazi Rorschach Tests

What did the researchers who interviewed Nazi leaders in prison, after World War II, conclude?


The False Promise of a ‘Conversation’ About Race

It’s time to give up on the idea that words alone will make a real difference.


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.