Public Writing

Public Writing

Public Writing

Princeton Department of English Community

This page collects recent public-facing writing by English Department alumni, faculty and current students (undergraduate and graduate) that addresses urgent contemporary topics, including the pandemic, the national reckoning with racism, the environment, and the role of arts in times of crisis.


Rob Nixon
Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment. Professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute

"Defending Tomorrow Today," Edge Effects, August 6th, 2020

“From Restraining Orders to Assassinations, the Dangerous Work of Saving the Monarchs,” Boston Review July 29th, 2020

Adrienne Brown, Ph.D. ’11
Associate Professor, The University of Chicago, Department of English, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

“Seeing Race in a Pandemic,” Foreign Policy, July 1st, 2020

Monica Huerta
Assistant Professor, Department of English

“Anti-Racism and the Problem of the Soul,” Los Angeles Review of Books June 24th, 2020

Joshua Bennett, Ph.D. ‘16
Mellon Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College

“Dad Poem” (Ultrasound #2)
Poem-a-Day on June 24th, 2020 by the Academy of American Poets

Autumn Womack
Assistant Professor, Department of English and African American Studies

“Can You Be Black and Listen to This,” Los Angeles Review of Books, June 1st 2020

Briallen Hopper, Ph.D. ‘09
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Queens CUNY

“Sirenland,” The Yale Review

Ingrid Norton, Ph.D. candidate

“Plague Memory,” The Point, March 22nd, 2020

Jeff Dolven
Professor, Department of English

“The Worst Returns to Laughter,” Cabinet Magazine, March 24th, 2020

Lauren Collins, ’02

“Reinventing Grief in an Era of Enforced Isolation,” The New Yorker, May 11th, 2020

Joani Etskovitz, ‘17

“Making and Measuring Education at Home: From Maria Edgeworth to the Kid Interrupting Your Attempt to Reach These Words,” Los Angeles Review of Books, May 6th, 2020

Adin Walker, ‘16

Sidelight, A Curated Blog