Hey Academics, Please Stop Calling Me an “Independent Scholar”

I didn’t know how much I hated the term “independent scholar” until people began to use it to describe me. I left academia four years ago to try to make it as a full-time writer; when anyone asks me what I do, I say, “I am a writer.” Academics, however, still seem to struggle with … Continue reading Hey Academics, Please Stop Calling Me an “Independent Scholar”

Transforming White Supremacist Memorials, Part 3: What to do with Empty Pedestals

As readers of Historista know, I have been arguing for a while now that the removal of white supremacist memorials provides us with unique opportunities to transform them into socially just and intellectually productive public sites. One of the ways to do this is to appropriate the sculptures themselves - or their empty pedestals. An … Continue reading Transforming White Supremacist Memorials, Part 3: What to do with Empty Pedestals

Transforming White Supremacist Memorials, Part 2: Recent Acts of Creative Protest

In the days and weeks after the neo-Nazi rally and attacks on anti-hate protestors in Charlottesville, individuals, communities, and local governments across the nation have used creative methods to respond to the monuments to white supremacy in their midst. Some of these acts were destructive and some were constructive. Almost all of them were defined … Continue reading Transforming White Supremacist Memorials, Part 2: Recent Acts of Creative Protest