Join me in welcoming Adam Arenson to the Making History Podcast team. A little bit about Adam:
I write North American cultural history, and I will be an assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at El Paso, teaching 19th-century U.S. history and contributing to the borderlands Ph.D. program, beginning in January 2009.
Throughout my Ph.D. program at Yale, I sought out the Writing History colloquium as a place to complement discussions of historiography, source limitations, and teaching obligations with musings on tone, pacing, word-craft, and public engagement. From 2005 to 2008, I was the group’s coordinator, enticing and cajoling Faculty members and my fellow graduate students into discussions about op-ed writing, teaching student writing, and article and book publishing. We also read a good deal of our own works-in-progress, writing-group-style, and entertained guests including Rachel Cohen, Walter Johnson, Jill Lepore, and James Goodman. As I leave the Northeast, I am pleased to explore other ways to create space for writing history thoughtfully, including the Making History Podcast and initial efforts toward a Writing History network.
As by dissertation-to-book-manuscript, “City of Manifest Destiny: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War, 1848-1877,” is chugging along, I have published an essay on how Dred, Harriet, Eliza and Lizzie Scott have been treated by history, separate from the Dred Scott case, in the March 2008 Common-place and two historically minded op-eds in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Among my other writings are a discussion of how Ansel Adams’ “Eucalyptus Tree, Fort Ross, California,” (1969) represents the state’s alternate pasts in California History, 2005, and an article on Anglo-Saxonist rhetoric in the Yukon appeared in the August 2007 Pacific Historical Review.
I’ll add that I am originally from San Diego, and that I enjoyed my time as a op-ed columnist and assistant editorial-page editor at the Harvard Crimson, a path that led to my interest in writing history intelligibly. Please feel free to be in touch: adam.arenson (youknowwhatgoeshere) yale.edu.
Adam has reminded me that my own bio page is lacking both picture and salient details about my studies. This will be remedied soon.
If you would like to join in the fun at MHP, please drop me a line–I would love to expand our collaborative circle: remyj(at)uci(dot)edu.