Writing After Academe

Even though I couldn’t land a tenure-track job, I still had the capacity to capture people’s attention, offering them some repast that was both pleasurable and provocative.

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Nancy MacLean Responds to Her Critics

“Such rhetorical bullying would be laughable if it weren’t part of a pattern on the right,” says the Duke professor of history and public policy.

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A New History of the Right Has Become an Intellectual Flashpoint

On the controversy surrounding the Duke historian Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains.

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Harvard’s Long History of Going Too Far

The proposal to ban final clubs would be illogical, illiberal — and totally in character.

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Choosing Status Over Love

We all want to be popular, and for good reason. A lot rides on it.