The Historian’s Craft

Thoughts on Reading and Making History in the Wake of Tree of Life by Avigail Oren – I experienced the events and aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting as a historian just as much as I did as a Jew and a resident of Pittsburgh…

On the Politics of Reflection

On the afternoon of 30 October 2018 I left my office—late—to attend what had been described to me as a “rally” or a “protest” to coincide with President Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh in connection…

Response to the Tree of Life Shootings

Since Columbine, Americans have grown unsettlingly accustomed to mass shootings. We know what to expect from politicians, the media, and gun-control and gun rights advocates. More recently, especially since…

Prison and Coup d’État

About ten years ago I was strolling along Avenida Paulista, Brazil’s most well-known commercial thoroughfare when a person handed me a pamphlet. Without breaking stride, I started to read: “come learn more about this new type of investment.” It was an invitation…

From Structural to Stochastic Violence

Last spring, Karina Biondi, 2017 APLA Book Prize winner, approached us to develop a Speaking Justice to Power series on incarceration and confinement in the Americas, their role in authoritarian political movements…