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Katherine C. Epstein

Katherine C. Epstein

Katherine C. Epstein is associate professor of history at Rutgers University-Camden and author of Torpedo: Inventing the Military-Industrial Complex in the United States and Great Britain (2014). She received the ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.  Her research focuses on government secrecy, defense contracting, intellectual property, and the political economy of power projection.

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A Dispatch from the Exhausted Majority

A Dispatch from the Exhausted Majority

The Woke Left and MAGA Right don’t understand how their intensity jars with people who just want a quiet life—which is most people. Part two in a series.

Katherine C. Epstein
When Partisans Cry Wolf

When Partisans Cry Wolf

By imbuing the normal stuff of liberal-democratic politics with existential stakes, crisis rhetoric makes compromise with “the enemy” impossible. Part one in a series.

Katherine C. Epstein
Politics and Certitude
The Big Weekend Read

Politics and Certitude

In a political culture obsessed with who’s right and who’s wrong, a few fundamentals on thinking things through are in order.

Katherine C. Epstein

October 25, 2021: Harold James discusses his book, "The War of Words: A Glossary of Globalization." Moderated by Katherine Epstein

Join us on October 25, 2021 to hear Harold James discuss his new book, The War of Words: A Glossary of Globalization (2021). Katherine Epstein will moderate. Harold James is the Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies and professor of history and international affairs at Princeton University. In

American Purpose, Katherine C. Epstein
The Purple Pill: Charlottesville in Retrospect and Prospect

The Purple Pill: Charlottesville in Retrospect and Prospect

On the anniversary of the racially inspired murder, a history professor assesses the relationship between her profession and society’s most divisive cultural debates.

Katherine C. Epstein

May. 17, 2021: Katherine Epstein discusses her article in American Purpose, "The Tolling Bell." Moderated by Michael Mandelbaum

Join us on May 17, 2021 to hear Katherine Epstein discusses her article in American Purpose, "The Tolling Bell." Moderated by Michael Mandelbaum. Katherine C. Epstein [https://www.americanpurpose.com/author/katherine-c-epstein/] is associate professor of history at Rutgers University-Camden and author of Torpedo: Inventing the Military-Industrial Complex in the

Katherine C. Epstein, Michael Mandelbaum
The Tolling Bell
The Big Weekend Read

The Tolling Bell

A plea from an exhausted majority

Katherine C. Epstein