Essays

Some recent(ish) shorter pieces

“The Religious-Liberty Attack on Transgender Rights,” Boston Review, May 27, 2016.

Review of Sean Wilentz’s The Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics (2016), History News Network, April 28, 2016.

“Which Ronald Reagan are the GOP Presidential Candidates Embracing?” Time.com, June 6, 2015.

“A Historian’s Case for Why We Should Stop Talking about the Founding Fathers,” In These Times, May 25, 2015.

Interview with Jack Balkin, Balkinization legal blog, May 19, 2015.

“A Mainline Moment: The American Protestant Establishment Revisited,” Modern Intellectual History 11 (November 2014): 735-747.

Review of Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell’s American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (2010), in Perspective on Politics 10 (March 2012): 110-114.

The kind of intellect we most urgently need,” Oxford University Press blog, December 28, 2010.

Review of Pauline Maier, Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788 (2010), Society for U.S. Intellectual History blog, December 14, 2010.

Review of Alfred F. Young, Gary B. Nash, and Ray Raphael, eds., Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation (2011), Society for U.S. Intellectual History blog, June 14, 2010.