What's New?

Working on a new book, to be published with Basic Books, tentatively titled The Dark Note of of White Freedom. It examines one town's experiences with four episodes of federal intervention (Indian Removal, Reconstruction, New Deal, and Civil Rights). It explains how a core element of American "freedom" might better be understood as "racialized anti-statism." For the 2019-2020 academic year, I'll be working on this manuscript as a CASBS Fellow at Stanford University.

"Is Freedom White?" encapsulates some of the core arguments of the new book. It links the legacy of slavery to the development of freedom, and then explores how a racialized anti-statist politics develops to defend the freedom to dominate others from incursions of federal power. 

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"The ‘Hard Hat Riot’ Was a Preview of Today’s Political Divisions,"

New York Times, 11 May 2020

Mayor Lindsay saw a country “virtually on the edge of a spiritual — and perhaps even a physical — breakdown.”

An op-ed I did with political scientist Mike Albertus titled "A Unity Slate to Save the Democrats--and the Republic" in The Hill in December 2019


"Red History, Blue Mood: Labor History and Solidarity in an Age of Fragmentation," came out in LABOR: Working Class Studies of the Americas. I wrote is both as a retrospective on the fortieth anniversary of the University of Illinois working-class history book series as well as broad reflection on the state of labor history and its politics since the 1970s. 

This volume came out on (and sort of for) Springsteen's 70th birthday. Joel Dinerstein (Tulane) and I co-wrote a piece in it titled "The Role of the Popular Artist in a Democratic Society." The book is full of interesting writers and top drawer critics. It's called Long Walk Home. Check out the launch event at The Strand in NYC on September 23 (advanced ticket required).


This new volume, Anti-democracy in America, is a collection of short pieces by an amazing array of scholars (from Wendy Brown to Richard Sennet to Saskia Sassen to William Julius Wilson to, well, me). My piece is called "The Right Kind of Citizenship," and explores the need for a kind of civic national vision for progressive thinkers and politics. I echoed similar ideas in a shorter form for the New York Times in an op-ed titled "Reclaiming Patriotism for the Left."

Stayin' Alive came out in an audio book. If you don't want to carry your Discman around with an enormous pile of CDs, you can listen to it online at Audible or, better yet, support your local bookstore with libro.fm.