I am Professor of History and co-Executive Editor of Public Seminar at The New School for Social Research in Greenwich Village, New York City. My passions are writing, teaching, politics, ideas and new media: my most recent enterprise is the podcast Exiles on 12th Street, produced by our team at Public Seminar. You can subscribe at iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.
For almost fifteen years, I have focused on writing for smart people. From 2006 to 2015, I blogged at Tenured Radical: from 2011 to 2015, the blog was hosted at the Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition to the Chronicle, my work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Politico, Dissent, Eurozine, The Village Voice, Inside Higher Education, and Jacobin.
I write, speak and teach about the recent political and media history of the United States; gender and sexuality; and Internet studies. Click here to pre-order Political Junkies: From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked Us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy (Basic Books, July 7 2020). My first book, also about political media, is about the making of the FBI during the New Deal, War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men and the Politics of Mass Culture (Rutgers, 1998).
I have edited two books of essays with Renee Romano of Oberlin College. Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Re-staging America’s Past (Rutgers, 2018) is a collection of articles about one of the most extraordinary Broadway hits ever for students, scholars and fans. Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History That Talks Back (University of Georgia Press, 2012).