Midwestern Intellectual History
I am the co-editor of Mapping Midwestern Minds: Essays on the Intellectual History of the Midwest, which is in press with the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. I also contributed to the volume an essay titled, “Cleveland’s Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and Midwestern Racial Liberalism.”
I grew up in Indiana, but have spent most of my adult life in New England, a trajectory that has prompted numerous reflections on regional differences. These observations have inspired me to write about how the Middle West fits into national and transnational stories of intellectual, economic, and political development. I am also always particularly drawn to writing and reading about Midwesterners, from Jane Addams to Langston Hughes to Henry A. Wallace.