Historians’ group backs right to embargo dissertations

The Organization of American Historians has called for allowing new doctoral degree holders to decide whether to embargo their dissertations, taking a stand on an issue that has divided academics over the merits and risks of open-access publishing of research and scholarship. The OAH, which receives support from Indiana University and is based in Bloomington, […]

China’s rise and Tiger Moms: today’s ‘Yellow Peril’?

Is the “Yellow Peril” fear that gripped America in the late 1800s making a comeback? Indiana University historian Ellen Wu asks that provocative question in a recent essay for History News Network. Wu links alarmist news accounts about China as a rising superpower to U.S. stereotypes of high-achieving Asian-American children. Together, she contends, they make […]

Squirrels and the poor, deserving or not

It’s impossible to read Etienne Benson’s Journal of American History article about the urbanization of the eastern gray squirrel without reflecting on our own attitudes about charity and those who rely on it. Benson, a historian at the University of Pennsylvania, describes how squirrels were introduced in Philadelphia, Boston, New York and other cities in […]

Why there’s no centrist third party in the US

With the national political parties and their loyalists growing more polarized, you’d think there would be an opening for a moderate third party to split the difference and become a force in American politics. But it hasn’t happened, and it isn’t likely to happen. Indiana University political scientist Edward Carmines and two co-authors explain why […]