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Alan Wolfe


Alan Wolfe is a professor emeritus of political science at Boston College. He is the author, most recently, of The Politics of Petulance: America in an Age of Immaturity (University of Chicago Press, 2018).

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Stories by this Author

  • The Review

    The Unbearable Pointlessness of PowerPoint

    It has become the essential means of academic communication. A less-vibrant academic culture is the result.
  • The Review

    The Vanishing Big Thinker

    Scholars have come to value academic progress over public benefit.
  • The Chronicle Review

    Book Review: The Erosion of Secular Revolutions

    Anticolonial movements led to fundamentalism, dogmatism, and sexism. Why?
  • The Chronicle Review

    Giving the Diaspora Its Due

    The security of Israel remains precarious. Might the universalist tradition of Judaism be a viable alternative?
  • The Chronicle Review

    The Paranoid Style: Then and Now

    Can Richard Hofstadter’s insights of a half-century ago help us understand today’s radical right?
  • The Review

    Book Review: Is the Nation-State Dying?

    Pierre Manent and Benjamin Barber argue that it is. But for very different reasons, both authors fail to persuade.
  • The Conversation

    Alan Wolfe: Why I Was Dropped at ‘TNR’

    Neither the “Free Beacon” nor Jonathan Chait got it right, says a longtime contributor to “The New Republic.”
  • Consider This

    The (Foreign) Language of American Politics

    When we want to convey ideological extremes, foreign words have a certain je ne sais quoi.
  • The Conversation

    Identity Politics Run Amok

    Alan Wolfe says a University of California report on the campus climate for Jews ignores the fact that we are long past the days when such politics ruled our campuses.
  • The Conversation

    The Ridiculous Rise of Ayn Rand

    Her theories are works of fiction. Her works of fiction are theories, and bad ones at that.