Goodbye from The Public Intellectual
August 19, 2012 – 2:43 pm | 3 Comments

The Public Intellectual has been for us a fascinating experiment in bringing academic work to a general audience. We are very proud of the writing that has appeared on the site. We have been heartened by the support of our readers and the generosity of the writers who have worked with us since our launch last year. We have decided, however, that the project should end.

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Color Us Invisible
January 19, 2012 – 3:36 pm | No Comment
Color Us Invisible

By Mignon Moore

LGBT people of color are simultaneously present and excluded in the neighborhoods where they live and in mainstream LGBT organizations. They might be more active in promoting LGBT advocacy efforts if they felt those efforts included their voices and incorporated more of the issues that are important to them.

The Oakland police and #OccupyOakland
October 28, 2011 – 11:25 pm | One Comment
The Oakland police and #OccupyOakland

Emily Hauser is ambivalent about the OWS movement – but are the police’s actions in Oakland enough to make anyone a convert to the cause? Emily is a freelance writer and social activist. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic online, The Hairpin and Feministe, and in a variety of print outlets. She blogs at emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com, crossposts at Angry Black Lady Chronicles, and can be followed on Twitter @emilylhauser.

Occupy Wall Street and my bicameral mind
October 27, 2011 – 6:08 pm | 3 Comments
Occupy Wall Street and my bicameral mind

Emily L. Hauser offers a look askance at the Occupy Wall Street movement. Tune in tomorrow for her take on Occupy Oakland. Emily is a freelance writer and social activist. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic online, The Hairpin and Feministe, and in a variety of print outlets. She blogs at emilylhauserinmyhead.wordpress.com, crossposts at Angry Black Lady Chronicles, and can be followed on Twitter @emilylhauser

Google index of poor mothers’ pain
October 12, 2011 – 11:31 pm | One Comment
Google index of poor mothers’ pain

Poor people have air-conditioning and X-Boxes. Some even have the internet. What more could they want? A lot more, says sociologist Phillip Cohen, who offers a Google-assisted glimpse into the lives of poor mothers in the great recession. Philip is a sociologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He blogs at Family Inequality.

Unequal denial
October 6, 2011 – 5:49 pm | 3 Comments
Unequal denial

Can we control rising inequality? Claude Fischer asks that question here. Fischer is professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He was the founding editor of Contexts, the American Sociological Association’s magazine of sociology for the general reader, and edited it through 2004.

Poor Choices
September 29, 2011 – 10:41 pm | One Comment
Poor Choices

Two jobs and two degrees – and still not making enough to cover the necessities. Mary Keck asks Ron Paul and other critics of the modern poor’s “luxuries”: is she undeserving of life’s small pleasures? Keck is a professor of English and Gender Studies as well as an associate editor of Southern Indiana Review. As a freelance journalist and fiction writer, she explores issues of class, labor, and gender in contemporary American life.