Our department is proud to support faculty who
bring their historical expertise to current events, bridging the academic and the
engaging wide audiences on topical issues. Here is a sampling of how our work has
appeared in the public sphere.
Public Health and Environment
• Op-ed commenting by Chris Sellers for the Jewish Journal: The Supreme Court’s Environmental Legacy Was Tarnished Even Before Barrett
• Interview with Nancy Tomes for CBS News: Responses to the uses of masks during the pandemics of 1918
• Op-ed by Shobana Shankar for The Conversation: " What the US Could Learn About Vaccination from Nigeria"
• Interview with Chris Sellers for The Washington Post: "Pruitt is Bringing Back Memories of the EPA's Most Tumultous Era"
• Profile of Jared Farmer by the Chronicle Review: "The Tree Whisperer"
• Op-ed by Jared Farmer in the Los Angeles Times: "Slow Trees and Climate Change"
• Review of Nancy Tomes's Remaking the American Patient in the premier U.S. health policy journal, Health Affairs
• Review of Remaking the American Patient by a leading doctor writing for the health section of the New York Times
• Op-ed by Chris Sellers for CNN: "Lead Threatens Health of Millions of Americans"
• Explainer by Chris Sellers for The Conversation: "Piping as Poison: The Flint Water Crisis and America's Toxic Infrastructure"
• Interview with Chris Sellers on Michigan NPR: "Why Cities Like Flint Transport Water Using Pipes Made with a Poison"
• Blog roundtable edited by Chris Sellers: "The Flint Water Crisis"
• Nancy Tomes interviewed by Popular Science: "Ebola: How Pop Culture and Infotainment Flame Our Fear"
• Shobana Shankar interviewed by the World Science Festival on infectious disease in West Africa
• Op-ed by Joshua Teplitsky for the Jewish Daily Forward: "Jewish History's Lesson for Handling Ebola"
• Nancy Tomes appears as a "talking head" in the PBS documentary The Forgotten Plague: Tuberculosis in America
• Op-ed by Chris Sellers for Dissent: "How Industrial Hazards Get Overlooked"
• Paul Gootenberg interviewed about the war on drugs for the leading Brazilian periodical on the history of health and science
Religion and Culture
• Essay by Sara Lipton for the New York Review of Books: Life, Death, and the Levys
• Profile of April Masten in The American Scholar: "So You Think You Can Dance"
• Interview with Jennifer Anderson on politics of tea in Early America podcast
• Essay by Sara Lipton on anti-Semitic imagery and the 2016 U.S. presidential election
• Interview with Sara Lipton for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's "Voices on Antisemitism" podcast
• Essay by Sara Lipton for the New York Review of Books: "The First Anti-Jewish Caricature?"
• Essay by Sara Lipton for the New York Review of Books: "Books of Jewish Beauty"
• Op-ed by Sara Lipton for the New York Times: "The Words That Killed Medieval Jews"
• Essay by Sara Lipton for the Jewish Chronicle: "Creating the Stereotyped Root of Evil"
• Essay by Sara Lipton for the New York Review of Books: "The Invention of the Jewish Nose"
• Q&A at Religion Dispatches with Sara Lipton about her book Dark Mirror
• Essay by Sara Lipton for Huffington Post: "All That Is Godly Must Glitter"
• Free educational e-book by Jared Farmer: The Image of Mormons: A Sourcebook for Teachers and Students
• Free educational e-book by Jared Farmer: Mormons in the Media, 1830–2012
• Q&A at Religion Dispatches with Jared Farmer about his book On Zion's Mount
•Rob Chase co-authored a piece with grad student Yalile Suriel in the African American Intellectual Historical Society's (AAIHS) essay blog " Black Perspectives."
• Review essay by Robert Chase for Boston Review: "Slaves of the State: Prison Uprisings and Lessons of Attica"
• Op-ed by Robert Chase for CNN: "How Can We End the Cycle of Racial Violence?"
• On C-SPAN, Lori Flores talks about the history of Mexican-American civil rights
• Op-ed by Lori Flores for the Detroit Free Press: "Legal Loopholes Put Lives of Migrant Workers at Risk"
• The Farm Report on the Heritage Radio Network interviews Lori Flores about her book Grounds for Dreaming
• On the blog of the Organization for American Historians, Lori Flores answers questions about Grounds for Dreaming
• On the blog of the Organization for American Historians, Robert Chase discusses the prisoners' rights movement
• The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC interviews Robert Chase on the Charleston church shooting
• The Berliner Zeitung interviews Robert Chase about race, violence, and the Confederate flag
• ON MSNBC, Robert Chase discuss the history of the Confederate flag
• Op-ed by Robert Chase for CNN: "Confederate Flag Deserves History's Harsh Verdict"
• On the the TV news show Fresh Outlook, Lori Flores talks about U.S. immigration policy
• On the the TV news show Fresh Outlook, Robert Chase talks about race and policing after Ferguson
• Op-ed by Robert Chase for CNN: "Where Are America's Memorials to Pain of Slavery, Black Resistance?"
• Op-ed by Robert Chase for Orlando Sentinel: "Gun Laws and Race in Florida: Numbers Show We Aren't Safe"
• Op-ed by Jennifer Anderson for Fortune Magazine on Hurricane Irma's Impact on the Caribbean
• Blog post by Paul Gootenberg: "Peru's 'New' Drug Strategy: Déjà Vu?"
• Op-ed by Chris Sellers for the New York Times: "Will the Next Deepwater Horizon Be in Mexico?"
• Eric Zolov talks about U.S-Cuban relations on the TV news show Fresh Outlook
• Op-ed by Eric Zolov for Huffington Post: "Let's Revisit Helms-Burton"
• Op-ed by Eric Zolov for Zócalo: "Buddies Across the Border: Does the United States Have a 'Special Relationship' with Mexico?"
• Op-ed by Chris Sellers for Dissent: "The Environmental Consequences of Privatizing Mexico's Oil"
• Blog roundtable edited by Chris Sellers: "Chernobyl at Thirty"
• Op-ed by Shobana Shankar for the London School of Economics: "Long Before Boko Haram, Dissenters Were Driven to the Brink in Northern Nigeria"
• Shobana Shankar interviewed about the Boko Haram in Nigeria by Radio Študent (Slovenia)
• Press release about Paul Gootenberg's research: "U.S. Drug Plague of 1980s Was Spurred by Earlier Interventions in Andes"
• Interview with Paul Gootenberg about his book Andean Cocaine for ROROTOKO
• Interview with Paul Gootenberg about Andean Cocaine for Página/12 (Buenos Aires, Agentina)
• Interview with Paul Gootenberg about Andean Cocaine for The Clinic (Santiago, Chile)
• Column about Andean Cocaine in La República (Lima, Peru)
• Paul Gootenberg interviewed about the Netflix series Narcos for BBC Brasil
• Lori Flores reviews HBO for PopMatters: "Did True Detective Do Justice to Latino California?"
• Jared Farmer reviews Broadway for Religion Dispatches: "Why The Book of Mormon (the Musical) Is Awesomely Lame"
• Shirley Lim talks to Leonard Lopate on WNYC about Anna May Wong and "flapper chic"
• Eric Zolov for NPR's Alt.Latino on "Shakers and Mockers: Uruguay's Place in Latin Rock History"
• Eric Zolov for NPR's Alt.Latino on "Traffic Sound: Peruvian Protest Psychedelia"
• Eric Zolov for NPR's Alt.Latino on "Peru’s Overlooked Place in the History of Latin American Rock"
• Eric Zolov for NPR's Alt.Latino on "Los Jaivas: How the Band Tried to Mend a Broken Chile in the 1970s"