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.

Most 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.