I write about literature, politics, and higher education. My writing appears in NewsweekThe Atlantic, Vox, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and elsewhere. My first publication for a general audience came about when I made a connection between fake news during the 2016 US presidential election and medieval political prophecy. In my work, I am interested in comparing the past to the present and also in exploring how the past is present in our society, our institutions, and our ideas.

A lot of my writing for public audiences has a political edge. The past was bad–unequal, violent, blind to itself–but differently bad from the present. Measuring that difference can help give purpose to ongoing efforts to organize for a better future.