Adjuncting in Trump Country: What Has Not Changed


I was invited to contribute to a roundtable on "Teaching in the Age of Trump" for The Panorama, the blog of the Journal of the Early Republic. I wrote from my viewpoint as an adjunct, trying to address some of the cognitive dissonance I often perceive when professors articulate their political role.

Almost everyone in public life, on the left or the right, seems to agree that teaching the early history of the United States is critical to building good citizens and advancing liberty. Yet our working conditions reveal something else entirely about their values. In the meantime, the republic needs its history teachers, and our fundamental mission has changed very little.