We’re excited to welcome six new contributing editors to Dissent’s masthead. You’ll recognize their names from our pages—each person listed below has contributed fantastic work to the magazine in recent years, and each embodies founding editor Irving Howe’s mantra of steady work.
We’re looking forward to seeing what they do in the coming years. For now, check out their work linked below, and don’t forget to welcome them on Twitter. —The Editors
Michelle Chen (@meeshellchen) has been the co-host of Dissent’s “Belabored” podcast since November 2013. She has written several articles for the magazine, including a major investigation into the impact of free trade deals on the spread of affordable healthcare at home and abroad, and, along with Kaavya Asoka, is co-editor of a special section on immigration forthcoming in our Spring 2015 issue. She is also a contributing editor at In These Times and associate editor at CultureStrike; co-producer of “Asia Pacific Forum” on Pacifica’s WBAI; regular contributor to The Nation; and PhD student in modern U.S. history at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Mike Konczal (@rortybomb) is a fellow with the Roosevelt Institute, where he works on financial reform, inequality, and a progressive vision of the economy. A regular contributor to The Nation, his writing has appeared in the Boston Review, Democracy, The American Prospect, the Washington Monthly, and Slate. For Dissent, his two biggest articles have been about the slow death of public higher education and the coupon state and the problem of mass privatization. His review of Naomi Murakawa’s The First Civil Right will appear in our forthcoming Spring issue.
Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd) is completing her PhD in the Sociology Department at Emory University and will join the sociology faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University this fall. She is already widely recognized as a public intellectual in left and liberal circles for her writing on education, race, gender, social movements, and inequality for outlets including Inside Higher Education, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Slate, the New York Times, and her popular blog. She is the lead editor of Profit U: The Rise of For-Profit Higher Education, forthcoming from AERA books. Cottom’s first article for Dissent, “The University and the Company Man,” was our most popular education article of 2014.
Timothy Shenk (@Tim_Shenk) is a graduate student in history at Columbia University and contributor to Dissent since 2012. He is the host of Booked, our new monthly series of Q&As with recently published historians and other authors for the website. The author of Maurice Dobb: Political Economist (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), his research focuses on the intersections of political, economic, and intellectual history in the twentieth century. Beyond the pages of Dissent, he has written two landmark review-essays for The Nation as well as articles for Jacobin and other outlets.
Rebecca Tuhus–Dubrow (@BeccaTuDu) has contributed to Dissent since 2007, on topics ranging from “Designer Babies and the Pro-Choice Movement” (her first article in the magazine) to new strains of optimism in the environmental movement (her most recent). Her writing has also appeared in Slate, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, and the Boston Review, among other publications. She was previously a contributing writer for the Boston Globe’s Ideas section and a columnist for Next City, an online urban affairs magazine.
Richard Yeselson (@yeselson) is a writer whose work on labor, politics, history, literature, and social theory has appeared in the American Prospect, Democracy, The Nation, the New Republic, Salon, Crooked Timber, Jacobin, and other publications. His article, “Fortress Unionism,” in the Summer 2013 issue of Democracy was widely discussed, praised, and reviled within the labor movement. He is writing a book about the passage of the Taft Hartley Act and its influence on the postwar American labor movement. A Dissent subscriber for almost four decades, Yeselson debuted in its pages in the Fall 2014 issue with a review-essay of Lane Kenworthy’s Social Democratic America.