In the course of my research, I found an article by Tom J. Lewis in a 1917 International Socialist Review. Strangely enough, this Portland-based socialist organizer was writing about hipness decades before I would have expected to see anything about the concept in a political periodical, let alone the socialist periodical of note in the early twentieth century. Lewis urged workers to “get hip!”

I wrote about Lewis’s vision of hipness and its relationship to contemporary understandings of the concept for the latest issue of Quarterly Horse: A Journal of Brief American Studies.  Quarterly Horse is a really great project. It is an open-access peer-reviewed journal that publishes short form creative scholarship. Check out my article and then check out the rest of the issue:

I’ve been a pretty negligent when it comes to updating this blog (though  I try to keep the rest of the website up to date). Since the last post, I moved to New York City, finished my PhD, and have otherwise been pretty busy. I have a handful of writing projects in the works, I got a new job, and I’m starting my second dive  into the academic job market.

I’d like to keep writing in this space. In an effort to jump start a triumphant return, here’s another edition of Shameless Self-Promotion!  I published an article a few months back in the Spring 2016 issue of the the Journal for the Study of Radicalism. Titled “A Paradoxical, Discrepant, and Mutant Marxism: Imagining a Radical Science Fiction in the American Popular Front,” it explores the ways self-described communist science fiction fans hoped to radicalize science fiction as a genre and community in the 1930s, suggesting that such idiosyncratic irruptions of radical activity have much to tell us about the history of American radicalism.  Feel free to reach out if you can’t access the journal.

Here’s the citation information if that’s helpful:  “A Paradoxical, Discrepant, and Mutant Marxism: The Emergence of a Radical Science Fiction in the American Popular Front,” The Journal for the Study of Radicalism 10, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 63-106.

I love doing archival research, but it’s kind of a pain: it’s costly, time consuming, and logistically difficult. However, archivists are digitizing more and more material having to do with the history of the American left, making a lot of otherwise inaccessible material readily and easily available. Of course, there’s the Marxist Internet Archive ( and the Early American Marxism online archive ( but there are tons of smaller ones out there. There isn’t really any centralized database of these things (at least none that I’m aware of), so I’ve decided I’m going to start posting them to this blog. Nobody really reads this website, so this is mostly for my benefit, but hopefully someone will stumble upon this and find it useful.

I found this today:

It’s the online American Left Ephemera Collection in the Archives Services Section at the University of Pittsburgh. Tons of great material here from across the 20th century. A range of leftist movements and eras are represented here. A fantastic resource worth checking out.

I did some research a few months back in the Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.  Fantastic archives, fantastic archivists — a productive trip all around.

I wrote this about the experience:

I’m a member of the editorial collective of The End of Austin, a digital humanities project based in the Department of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  The End of Austin explores the ideas of endings, real and imagined, in the city of Austin.  It’s an attempt bring different intellectual, artistic, and political communities together, and features traditional scholarly writing, informal essays, short stories, poetry, photography, interviews with local writers and artists, and much more.  It’s a really fantastic project that I’m proud to be a part of (I’ve also written for it, check here and here).

The latest issue went up a few weeks back, and features a lot of amazing work:

Check it out!