Opinion / Reviews

The Lasting Legacy of a Brutal Racial Beating in 1946 South Carolina (reviewing Richard Gergel, Unexampled Courage), Washington Post, January 31, 2019.

A Defense of Black Lives Matter from the Activist in the Blue Vest (reviewing DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom), Washington Post, November 2, 2018.

Can History Prepare Us for the Trump Presidency?, (essays by twenty-one historians), Politico, January 22, 2017.

It’s Not Obama, It’s Just the Sixth YearTIME, November 7, 2014.

Remembering Civil Rights in 1963, 50 Years On. Huffington Post. January 27, 2013.

Five Myths about Two-term Presidents. Washington Post. November 9, 2012.

Health Care Ruling: Not a Liberal Victory. The Root. July 7, 2012.

The Roots of Clarence Thomas' Black Burden. The Root.  April 6, 2012.

Progressives are Disenchanted with Obama -- Abolitionists were Disenchanted with Lincoln. History News Network. July 10, 2011.

The Supreme Court as a Racially Representative Institution, SCOTUS Blog, February 4, 2010.

Rethinking the Rand Paul Controversy. History News Network. May 30, 2010.

A Measure of History (on the Passage of the Affordable Care Act) Boston Globe. March 25, 2010.

Even at Harvard, Obama Had a Knack for Bonding with Diverse People. Harrisburg Patriot News. February 17, 2008.

Which side is Brown vs. Board on?: Its Legal History Can't Provide Absolutes in the Search for Racial Justice. Los Angeles Times. July 4, 2007. (reprinted as "The Court, Race and Brown: Precedents to Suit Each Side: Famous Figures in Civil Rights History Speak in Two Voices," Baltimore Sun, July 8, 2007.)