The high price of moral principles: why you will not see me at The Huffington Post

UPDATED ALREADY!  See what happened below. I was contacted by an editor at The Huffington Post this week about re-publishing the blog post I published after last week’s primary elections, “A revolution happened last night and no one noticed,” in which I commented on the ignoring or merely grudging acknowledgement of Hillary Clinton’s pathbreaking, historic … Continue reading The high price of moral principles: why you will not see me at The Huffington Post

Here we go again: military historian complains that no one teaches or writes about military history any more, part eleventybillion

Via Patrick McCray on Twitter yesterday, I learned that Robert Neer, a part-time lecturer in military history, laments the state of military history among professional historians: I am not a disinterested observer. Since 2011, when I received my PhD in history from Columbia University, I have taught a course called‘Empire of Liberty: A Global History of … Continue reading Here we go again: military historian complains that no one teaches or writes about military history any more, part eleventybillion

Teaching the sixties: what do you think?

My colleague and co-conspiritor in teaching History of Sexuality in America over the past several years, Ruth Alexander, has suggested that we develop and co-teach another course on the 1960s. She has correctly deduced my excitement over the multi-media primary sources that modern historians can use–primarily video and audio clips that are available widely on … Continue reading Teaching the sixties: what do you think?

“Scent of a Woman’s Ink” updated for a new generation with no good news

The title of this post refers to a 1998 essay by Francine Prose, “Scent of a Woman’s Ink:  Are Women Writers Really Inferior?”  Nearly twenty years later, the results aren’t encouraging for women.  Over at Jezebel, Catherine Nichols writes about sending out queries to agents for the same novel, with the same cover letter and … Continue reading “Scent of a Woman’s Ink” updated for a new generation with no good news

Crossing over, part III: The uses and limits of literary models

Today’s post is an unanticipated part III in my series Crossing Over, on writing and publishing an academic book that aims to be a “crossover” title with a popular audience.  Part I can be found here, “What is my book about?”, and Part II here, “Will I ever publish this book?”  Many thanks to those of you … Continue reading Crossing over, part III: The uses and limits of literary models

Crossing over, part I: What is my book about?

In a post last weekend, I revealed that my forthcoming book, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright (Yale University Press, forthcoming 2016) would be published as a crossover academic-trade title.  Some of you expressed interest in how I got a contract like this, as many of the scholar-readers here are interested in writing beyond a traditional academic … Continue reading Crossing over, part I: What is my book about?