Who Am I?

I’m Claire Potter, a history professor and co-Executive Editor of Public Seminar, a web magazine based at The New School for Social Research. Since I was a teenager, I have been a political junkie, and I have made it my business to write about politics for a general audience since I started my first blog, Tenured Radical, in 2006. You can find me at the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Politico, The Yale Review, AlterNet, Dissent, Eurozine, The Village Voice, Inside Higher Education, and Jacobin. Currently, I am writing a biography of radical feminist Susan Brownmiller, so you can soon expect more content on feminist activism and politics.

You can read more about me here.

I Read Everything You Don’t Have Time to Keep Up With

I am obsessed—I’ll admit it. I read political news widely—including newsletters written by journalists based in state capitols across the country. So I’ll bring things to you—books, ideas, conversations—that you mostly won’t see in the mainstream press; a special take on a topic under wide discussion; and in my “Short Takes” section, links to articles you might not otherwise see.

Sone of my favorite pieces from 2021 include:

Should I pay or subscribe for free?

That’s up to you: I love you anyway, whatever you decide. Every subscriber, free or paid, gets three posts a week, but starting in September 2021, paying subscribers will receive bonus content and conversations. So I hope this newsletter will be worth it to you that you want to pay what amounts to .42 a post, which helps support researching, writing, and editing these posts.

Founding subscribers ($100) get a free copy of my new book, Political Junkies: From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked Us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy(Basic Books, 2020).