“Did the Vikings Get a Bum Rap? A Yale Historian Wants Us to Rethink the Terrible Tales About the Norse,” National Geographic, September 26, 2014.
“Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus: Be A Go-Getter, Not A Job Getter,” NPR, Sept. 23, 2014.
“Ebola Battlers Can Learn From Venice’s Response To Black Death,” NPR, Sept. 20, 2014.
“Need for Speed: The Night I Raced Away From Washington’s Hellish Traffic” (a humbling night at Summit Point Motorsports Park), Washingtonian, June 2014.
“Beyond Belief: The Limits of Religious Tolerance” (on the legal debate over religious exemptions from laws), Chronicle of Higher Education, June 9, 2014.
“An African-American studies professor’s bleak postwar Germany,” Boston Globe, May 2014. Interview with Harvard’s Werner Sollors about his new book, The Temptation of Despair: Tales of the 1940s.
“The New Academic Celebrity: Why a Different Kind of Scholar—and Idea—Hits it Big Today,” The Chronicle Review (cover), April 14, 2014.
“Text Me, Ishmael: Reading ‘Moby Dick’ in Emoji,” Smithsonian Magazine, March 2014.
“Rutgers University Suspends Noted Anthropologist,” Chronicle of Higher Education, February 10, 2014. [paywall; pdf]
“Lives: Penn Townsend Kimball, Princeton ’37: Falsely Accused, He Sought to Clear His Name,” Princeton Alumni Weekly, Feb. 5, 2014.
“Boycott Debate is Symptom of Broader Shift in American Studies,” Chronicle of Higher Education, January 27, 2014. [paywall; pdf]
“Thinking Big: Erez Aiden slaloms between the sciences and the humanities, inspiring both awe and skepticism,” Chronicle Review, January 17, 2014.
“A Hub in China: Princeton to open new center in Beijing amid concerns over intellectual freedom,” Princeton Alumni Weekly, Dec. 4, 2013.
“Librarians Accuse Harvard Business Publishing of Unfair Prices,” Chronicle of Higher Education, November 12, 2013.
“To Avoid Tyranny of the Majority? Sell Votes, Economist Says,” Chronicle of Higher Education, October 28, 2013.
“Searching for Palestine, and Herself: In the Shadow of Her Father, Najla Said Forges Her Own Identity,” Princeton Alumni Weekly, September 18, 2013.
“Watch What You Think. Others Can.” (On Brain Scans and the Constitution.) Chronicle, September 16, 2013.
“Can a Historian Lead Berkeley’s Anthropologists? Department Is Split O ver an Interim Chair,” Chronicle of Higher Education, May 31, 2013
“Prominent Scholar Was Banned From Campus: In fracas over charges of fraud, the accuser was penalized for threatening behavior,” Chronicle of Higher Education, May 3, 2013. The noted evolutionary theorist Robert Trivers had been at odds with a colleague as he tried to retract an article the two had co-written. Did he cross a line?
“A Radical Anthropologist Finds Himself in Academic ‘Exile,’” Chronicle of Higher Education, April 15, 2013. Why can’t David Graeber, arguably the most influential anthropologist on the planet, get a job in the States? (Paywall. pdf)
“The White House ‘Nudger’ Goes Back to Harvard,” Chronicle, March 25, 2013. Cass Sunstein reflects on his time as Obama’s regulatory ‘czar.’”
“How We’re Scaring Students Away From Loans,” Washington Post, March 21, 2013.
“Is Scientific Truth Always Beautiful?” Chronicle, January 28, 2013.
“Warfare Under the Radar,” Princeton Alumni Weekly, Dec. 12, 2012. Brookings scholar Peter W. Singer argues that drone warfare and a growing civilian-military divide make war too easy.
“The Welfare State’s Secret Weapon: How disaster relief, from the New Deal to Hurricane Sandy, has spurred positive views of government,” Chronicle, Dec. 3, 2012. Did disaster relief provide the foundation for the New Deal?
“The Data Vigilante,” the Atlantic, December 2012. A sketch of the Penn psychologist Uri Simonsohn, who has been campaigning against sloppy statistics in psychology — and caught two cases of fraud.
“Why Power Corrupts,” Smithsonian Magazine, October 2012. New research suggests that power brings out the best in some people and the worst in others.
“When One Biographer ‘Borrows’ From Another, the Dispute Gets Philosophical,” Chronicle, July 9, 2012. Did Julian Young lean too heavily on an earlier book by Curtis Cate?
“The New Science of the Birth and Death of Words,” March 16, 2012, Wall Street Journal Review.
“The New Tastemakers,” Princeton Alumni Weekly, January 18, 2012. Book-review sections are dying. What’s taking their place?
“Thinking, Fast and Slow,” Washington Post, Dec. 16, 2011 — a review of the new book by the influential psychologist Daniel Kahneman, December 16, 2011.
“Fraud Scandal Fuels Debate Over Practices of Social Psychology,” Chronicle, Nov. 13, 2011. Can we trust all those snappy, counterintuitive research findings? [pdf]