Other Writings Online

All of my articles for the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Vitae Project are available here.

“A Screen-Only School In San Francisco,” The Baffler, August 27, 2014.

“More than MOOCs,” Academe, May/June 2014.

“The Huge Chill: Why Are American Refrigerators So Big?,” The Atlantic, October 4, 2013.

“The MOOC Racket,” Slate, July 25, 2013.

“Peer Grading Can’t Work,” Inside Higher Education, March 5, 2013.

“The Obsolescence Question,” Inside Higher Education, July 30, 2012.

“Teaching History With YouTube Revisited,” AHA Perspectives, April 2011.

“Can a Turkey Be a Historical Artifact?,” History News Network, November 24, 2008.

“The Natural Price of Natural Ice in America, 1880-1910,” Business and Economic History On-Line 6, (2008).

“Teaching History With YouTube (and other primary-source video sites on the internet),”  AHA Perspectives 46 (May 2008): 30-31.

1 comment

Hi Jonathan,

I read your article “Selling Without Selling Out” and you are spot on regarding the change needed in the academic mindset.

I started my IT career working for an academic publisher in NY and was rather shocked to learn that many of the authors actually paid to get their books published. It was even more shocking when I found out that my Economics professor was one such author. After speaking with him about his book, he told that the practice was widespread across most Universities.

At that publisher, a “great” selling book sold about 500 copies and the top sellers barely broke 1,500 copies. If I remember correctly, the top selling book sold just under 7,000 copies.

Since these books are so narrowly focused (I hold a master’s degree in IT and I couldn’t comprehend half the IT works), it really is a missed opportunity to reach a broader audience.

Great job,

Nick

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