Jessica Wren Butler (Goldsmith): Masculinity, Authority, and the Illusion of Objectivity in Academic Discourse. Fernanda L. L. de Leon (Kent) and Ben McQuillin (UEA): The Role of Conferences on the Pathway to Academic Impact: Evidence from a Natural Experiment. Making the world’s problem solvers 10% more efficient: Ten years after Google engineer Anurag Acharya empowered researchers with Scholar, he can’t bear to leave it. Rebecca Koenig on why Professor Mark Marino thinks academics should write “BuzzFeed-style scholarship”. This is what happens when no one proofreads an academic paper (and more). Rebecca Schuman on how the bogus academic journal racket is officially out of control. Steven Pinker on why academics stink at writing. Alex Small writes in defense of the lecture: A good lecturer doesn’t just deliver facts but models how an expert approaches problems. Daniel Nester on why professors love to complain. In academe, the future is part-time: Reporters share the trends they see as the growth of the work force transforms the professoriate. Sarah Kendzior on the closing of American academia: The plight of adjunct professors highlights the end of higher education as a means to prosperity. Is an exodus of Ph.D.s causing a brain drain in the U.S.? David Wheeler on the rise of the “passport professor”. It’s Super-scholar: Scholarly superheroes and campus life often feature in comics, but do they capture the real-life dramas of academia? Michele Willens on when your teacher is a celebrity: Star professors can boost admissions — but can they actually teach? Extracurriculars: Philip Eil on what teachers do when they're not teaching you. Jorge Cham ‏on why academics REALLY use Twitter. #failedintellectual: @NeinQuarterly says goodbye to academe and hello to whatever.
Earl M. Maltz (Rutgers): Moving Beyond Race: The Joint Committee on Reconstruction and the Drafting of the Fourteenth Amendment. Joni Hersch and Jennifer Bennett Shinall (Vanderbilt): Fifty Years Later: The Legacy of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Julia H (Bucharest): “The Cosby Show” and the Problem of Representation of the Black Middle Class Family from a Social Psychological Perspective. Vesla M. Weaver (Virginia) and Jennifer L. Hochschild (Harvard): Class and Group: Political Implications of the Changing American Racial and Ethnic Order. Jennifer L. Hochschild and Maya Sen (Harvard): Americans’ Attitudes on Racial or Genetic Inheritance: Which is More Predictive? Roderick Graham (Old Dominion): More Than Cultural Racists: A Typology of Racial Ideologies in the United States. Jim Sleeper on our real white male problem: Why Fox News defeats Bruce Springsteen and liberal moralizing every time. Dan Keating on why whites don’t understand black segregation. White America’s ignorant bliss: Tim Wise on why so many “good” white people are completely oblivious. White anxiety and the futility of black hope: George Yancy interviews Shannon Sullivan, author of Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism. Jeff Chang on Who We Be: The Colorization of America and why we haven't had a real national conversation about race. What matters most to Latino voters? It's not always immigration reform: Juan David Romero interviews Gary Segura, co-author Latino America: How America’s Most Dynamic Population is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation. People identifying as “white and black” are the future of America: William H. Frey on the major demographic shift that's upending how we think about race; and on five charts that show why a post-white America is already here: If you're under 18, the future is now.
Tom W. Bell (Chapman): Copyright Porn Trolls, Wasting Taxi Medallions, and the Propriety of “Property”. Liane Tanguay (Houston): Sovereign Is He, Who Knocks: The Neoliberal State of Exception in American Television. Davood Taghipour Bazargani and Vahid Noroozi Larsari (Islamic Azad): “Postmodernism”: Is the Contemporary State of Affairs Correctly Described as “Postmodern”? E. Glen Weyl (Chicago) and Alexander White (Tsinghua): Let the Best “One” Win: Policy Lessons from the New Economics of Platforms. Carey Karim Morewedge (BU): Utility: Anticipated, Experienced, and Remembered. From GQ, Drew Magary on the Least Influential People of 2014. Marc Parry on Saskia Sassen's missing chapter: When the renowned sociologist was a girl in Argentina, her family had a frequent visitor — Adolf Eichmann. Steven Douglas Smith on how equality has the potential to be an engine of nihilism. Reporters are not your friends: Malcolm Harris on journalists aren't looking out for their sources, they're looking for a story. Judith Shulevitz on how what happened at Rolling Stone was not Jackie’s fault. #IStandWithJackie: People on Twitter are criticizing Rolling Stone and supporting UVa student. A deformed woman: Laura Kipnis on Hillary Clinton and the men who hate her. Agnotology: Larry Dossey on the varieties of ignorance, criminal negligence, and crimes against humanity. The U.S. military transfers six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay; all of them had been imprisoned since 2002, none has ever been charged with a crime. Republican attorneys general have formed an unprecedented, secretive alliance with some of the nation’s top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda.
From The New Republic’s 100th anniversary edition, Franklin Foer on the story of how The New Republic invented modern liberalism. From Vox, Ezra Klein on how even the liberal New Republic needs to change (and a response by Jonathan Chait). Corey Robin on the problem with The New Republic. Charles Pierce on the lingering death of The New Republic. David Greenberg on what we lost with the loss of the New Republic. David Weigel on how #disruption broke The New Republic. Should the disruptive Silicon Valley overlords be welcomed? Scott Lemieux wonders. Leah Finnegan on how white men upset wrong white man placed in charge of white-man magazine. Max Fisher on The New Republic and the Beltway media's race problem. Ta-Nehisi Coates on how when you run cover stories questioning the intelligence of 40 million people, because of their skin color, some among them tend to remember. TN/RNS: Tailored for smart, curious, socially aware readers, TN/RNS covers politics, culture and big ideas from a #rns perspective. Seth Stevenson on how staff changes at The New Republic expose the fault lines of modern journalism. John Cook: “I think the new republic will be amazing under @gabrielsnyder and he is awesome”. Is there a Peter Principle for investors? What's happening at the New Republic might be a parable about successful investors moving into less successful areas of endeavor. Jesse Walker on how history repeats itself at The New Republic. The old journalism and the new: Ross Douthat on what the fate of The New Republic reveals. Ken Doctor on T.N.R.'s peril: Losing the intangible of stature before it can find its future. The New Republic will not publish the issue that had been slated to hit shelves on December 15, following Friday's mass resignation by top editors and contributors. Chris Hughes on crafting a sustainable New Republic: “If you really care about an institution and want to make it strong for the ages, you don’t walk out”.
To celebrate Bookforum’s 20th anniversary issue, here are pieces by a few of our favorite contributors: Heather Havrilesky reviews Kate Christensen's The Astral; on how Caitlin Flanagan has issues — with you; reviews Elisabeth Badinter's The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women; on how property values rise and characters converge in John Lanchester's novel of finance; on how women broke through the comedy world's glass ceiling; on what academics have to teach us about assholery; on the problems with raising perfect children; on how the quest for the big message novel keeps selling characters short; on how Nora Ephron defined the comic spirit of new journalism; on why the balanced home life can never stand up; on Alain de Botton's news cycle; on the memoirs of the stars; on the strange lost feminist career of Wonder Woman; and on how two decades of nonfiction best sellers teem with fake self-assurance — and testosterone; Choire Sicha reviews James Wolcott's Lucking Out: My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty in Seventies New York; on Serious Crowd celebrity in the social-media age; on Andy Cohen's charmed pop life; on Molly Ringwald, beyond the brat pack; on Jeff Bridges and the mantras of celebrity Buddhism; on Charles Jackson and the curdled bohemian dreams of midcentury America; on Jaron Lanier and how the Internet went wrong; on ugliness and its discontents; on James Franco's fiction act; on Arianna ascending; and on John Waters's wayward muse; Christine Smallwood reviews Christian Oster’s The Unforeseen; reviews Tony D’Souza’s The Konkans; on how Susan Sontag's journals find her striving for a place in the pantheon; on Chris Kraus's disarmingly direct fiction; and on Lydia Davis's inimitable decision process; and Christian Lorentzen on boom and bust in twenty-first-century lit; how politics, art, and betrayal collide in Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers; on Kingsley Amis's novels of beer and Britannia; on two new books that wrestle with Mailer's myths and his legacy; reviews Emily Gould’s Friendship; and on Ben Lerner's metafictional novel about art, ambition, and a writer named Ben. #BF20yrs
Kieran Setiya (MIT): The Midlife Crisis. Jonny Anomaly (UNC): Public Goods and Procreation. Doris Marie Provine (ASU): The Morality of Law: The Case Against Deportation of Settled Immigrants. When immigrants lose their human rights: Gary Gutting interviews Joseph Carens, author of The Ethics of Immigration. Joshua Keating on Eric Garner: How would we cover the decision not to indict a police officer if it happened in another country? Matt Bruenig on the rise of new capitals. Kieran Healy gets into the aviation business and launches Air Gini, America’s most American airline. Benny Johnson on the 17 most American things you can buy at Walmart. Who wins when gambling is legal? Turning customers into cultists: Derek Thompson on why many companies now take their cues from religious sects. Goodbye, Chespirito: Latin America bids farewell to one of its greatest comedians, Roberto Gomez Bolanos (aka “El Chavo del Ocho” and “El Chapulin Colorado”). The emergence of glacial archaeology: Here is the editorial for the first issue of the Journal of Glacial Archaeology. I, Start-up: Consumer desire for seamless experience thereby lends itself to a markedly exploitative start-up culture that, without material equality (or robot butlers), obfuscates the human face of service. Evan Hughes reviews new collections from The New Republic, The Baffler, The Believer, and n+1. Apropos of nothing, Jeet Heer talks about the trouble with running a publication depending on benevolence of a rich patron. Jonathan Chait on a eulogy for The New Republic. Siva Vaidhyanathan: “With @tnr giving up, how about turning to deeper & broader sources? Like @bookforum @publicbooks @VQR. Ideas are not dead yet.” And from Bookforum’s 20th anniversary issue, Kaitlin Phillips reviews Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's “Learned” by Lena Dunham.
Mary Ziegler (Florida State): Abortion and the Constitutional Right (Not) to Procreate. Samantha E. Holquist (GWU): Direct Democracy and the Politics of Abortion: Evaluating the Responsiveness of State Abortion Policy to State Abortion Attitudes. Rosalind Simson (Mercer): What Does the Right to Life Really Entail? A Framework for Depolarizing the Abortion Debate. Paula L. Abrams (Lewis & Clark): Abortion Stigma: The Legacy of Casey. Richard F. Duncan (Nebraska): Kermit Gosnell's Babies: Abortion, Infanticide and Looking Beyond the Masks of the Law. Abortion, not easy, not sorry: Why are we pressured to feel that we should regret our choice, and that there's something wrong with us if we don't? Congrats, pro-lifers, you won! Now Katha Pollitt has just a few questions for you. Abortion is great: Hanna Rosin reviews Katha Pollitt’s Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, a new book argues that the left needs to stop the “awfulization” of abortion and embrace it as a social good (and more and more and more). Unsafe sex, illegal abortion: Trishna Kripalani on an accelerating need for the right to reproductive health. Pregnant, and no civil rights: Lynn M. Paltrow and Jeanne Flavin on how anti-abortion measures are used to control childbirth decisions. Emma Green on what Tennessee's new abortion amendment means for America. Let's just say it: Women matter more than fetuses do. Tara Culp-Rssler on what Americans have forgotten about the era before Roe v. Wade. Max Ehrenfreund on why abortions have fallen to their lowest rate since Roe v. Wade. Stassa Edwards on the history of abortifacients. Erica Hellerstein goes inside American United for Life, the highly sophisticated group that’s quietly making it much harder to get an abortion. America has decided: Sex is for rich people, non-procreative sex in particular — how else would you explain the trap we’re laying for poor people who deign to get it on?
Sam Jackson (Syracuse): A New Manifest Destiny: A Calling to Lead the World. Eugene Gholz (Texas): Economic Impacts of Military Primacy: Why Alleged Economic Benefits are a Bad Argument for Activist Grand Strategy. Christian Reus-Smit (Queensland): Building the Liberal International Order: Locating American Agency. Henry Kissinger on the assembly of a new world order: The concept that has underpinned the modern geopolitical era is in crisis (and Benjamin Wallace-Wells on why Henry Kissinger never goes away). How to fix America's foreign policy: Anne-Marie Slaughter reviews World Order by Henry Kissinger. Could imperial history help US foreign policy makers? Marc-William Palen wonders. Manlio Graziano (Sorbonne): Would a More Catholic United States Better Cope with the Impending Geopolitical Shift of Power? Jan Wilkens (Hamburg): “Islam” and the Problem of Grand Narratives in IR Theory: Between Meta-Theories and Meaning in Context. Robert Lieber (Georgetown): Rhetoric or Reality? American Grand Strategy and the Contemporary Middle East. Jonathan Rynhold (Bar-Ilan): American Grand Strategy and the Contemporary Middle East. Niccolo Leo Caldararo (SFSU): Fukuyama, Democracy and the New World Order of ISIS. Steven A. Cook on why Washington can’t solve the identity crisis in Middle East nations. Should the U.S. bother responding to adversaries like Putin and ISIS? Scott Beauchamp interviews Barry Posen, author of Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy, on why America doesn't need to lead the free world. Yes, America should be the world’s policeman: Bush did too much and Obama too little — but a “broken-windows” model of U.S. foreign policy can be just right. Jesse Lawson (NU): Who is He Talking to? An Introduction to Masculinist Rhetoric in Obama's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech. Daniel Drezner on the one book that Obama needs to read right now.
Meital Pinto (Carmel): Taking Language Rights Seriously. Mechthild Nagel (SUNY-Cortland): Beyond the Pale: Reflections on the Vulnerability of Black Life in the U.S. Deborah Tuerkheimer (Northwestern): Consent Culture and the Forgotten Law of Rape. Allison Benedikt and Hanna Rosin on the missing men: Why didn’t Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely talk to the alleged perpetrators of a gang rape at the University of Virginia? Rebecca Traister on how Rolling Stone's UVA rape story has problems, but don't let them obscure the appalling truth. #WhyISpokeOut and #WhyIStayedSilent: Susan J. Brison, author of Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self, on why she spoke out about one rape but stayed silent about another. Ana Marie Cox on the plea and promise of “hands up”. Dan Froomkin on 12 things to keep in mind when you read the soon-to-be-released Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report. Can a wonk run a war? Ash Carter is a scholar, a bureaucrat — and the opposite of Chuck Hagel. Warehouse Empire: Behind the largest undercover bribe the FBI ever paid to a public official is the story of how our whole consumer economy has been transformed, bringing lung-stunting pollution and, in some cases, political corruption. The Age of Dingdong: David Cairns tells the story of an unholy sacrifice, a Boy Scout troop, and the lengths the mega-rich would go for power. The Ground Zero Mosque was an inside job: The infamously tone deaf plans for an Islamic community center just blocks away from 9/11's Ground Zero came to define the midterm elections of 2010 — this is the weird story of who funded that mess. And from Bookforum’s 20th anniversary issue, Jim Sleeper reviews All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn by Jason Sokol.
Stephen D'Arcy (Huron): The Rise of the Post-New Left Political Vocabulary. Michael Burawoy (UC-Berkeley): Marxism after Polanyi. James Steinhoff (Western Ontario): Transhumanism and Marxism: Philosophical Connections. Alessandra Asteriti (Glasgow): Kairos and Clinamen: Revolutionary Politics and the Common Good. Sabrina Zajak (Ruhr): Pathways of Transnational Activism: A Conceptual Framework. From Contention, a special issue on the study of social protest. Socialism and strategy: Anthony Zurbrugg on a libertarian critique of Leninism. From Affinities, a special issue on antiracist anarchism. From Fifth Estate, Layla AbdelRahim on education as the domestication of inner space; Jonny Ball on hypocrisies of the Left: In their search for leaders to revere, socialist sects defend the worst dictators, but they've done this since the days of Stalin and Mao; the continuing relevance of Michael Bakunin: Mark Leier on what today’s activists can learn from “the father of anarchism”; and Alex Knight on the paradox of capitalism and magnetic anarchist strategy: How do we live within capitalism, immersed in its institutions, and still fight against it? From Modern Slavery: The Libertarian Critique of Civilization, strangers in an alien world: Wolfi Landstreicher on being an anarchist at the beginning of the 21st century; and Jason McQuinn reviews Twilight of the Machines by John Zerzan. From the latest issue of Review of Capital as Power, Joseph Baines (York): Wal-Mart’s Power Trajectory: A Contribution to the Political Economy of the Firm; and Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan (York): Can Capitalists Afford Recovery? Three Views on Economic Policy in Times of Crisis.