factory farming, animals, & animal rights

Amid Bird Flu Outbreak, Meat Producers Seek ”Ventilation Shutdown” for Mass Chicken Killing • How gruesome, industry-funded experiments at a public university laid the foundation for a method now being used to mass exterminate farmed birds by heating them to death, The Intercept, April 2022. 

An animal rights activist was in court on criminal charges. Why was the case suddenly dismissed? • The story of an activist who faced eight years in prison for one of the most important factory farm investigations in recent history, The Guardian, January 2022. 

Utah Bill Seeks to Restrict Regulation of Animal Industries • In which Utah legislators tried to restrict cities from regulating “animal enterprises” like factory farms & puppy mills, and lied to their constituents about it, The Intercept, March 2022. 

Millions of birds culled in ”the most inhumane way available” • How cooking animals to death became meat industry standard, The Guardian, June 2022.

Will New York City’s foie gras ban make a difference? • NYC is set to ban foie gras, a food that's been called ”the Abu Ghraib of poultry dishes.” Is it really any worse than factory farmed meat? Grid, June 2022.

”They're cooking them alive”: calls to ban cruel killing methods on US farms • On some of the methods used to mass kill farm animals (including, yes, cooking them to death), The Guardian, March 2022. 

Why the anti-Factory Farming Movement Needs Direct Action • Direct action is often maligned by people who don’t know anything about it, but it’s actually one of the credible sources there is on factory farming, Current Affairs, March 2022. 

Five things to know about the SCOTUS challenge to California’s ban on extreme farm animal confinement • On the U.S. Supreme Court’s surprising decision to take up the pork industry’s lawsuit against the country’s strongest farm animal protection law, The Counter, March 2022. 

For These Wisconsin Farms, Animals Are Off the Table • A story on the rural Wisconsinites providing refuge to animals saved from slaughter, In These Times, December 2021. 

The Case Against the Concept of Invasive Species • And why some scientists and environmental philosophers are rethinking it, Vox, November 2021. 

Animal Liberation Needs Animal Voices • A review of a new book on the political agency of animals, Tenderly, December 2019. 

What Vegans With PCOS Actually Need to Know • On the extremely common but little understood hormonal disorder PCOS, and how to be vegan when you have it, TenderlyFebruary 2020. 

On Jonathan Safran Foer's We Are the Weather and how factory farming has remade life on Earth, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 2019. 

On Jean-Baptiste Del Amo's Animalia and encountering factory farming in literature, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 2020. 

On the extraordinary intelligence of crows, Harvard Magazine, August 2019. 

On the joy of baby turkey season in CambridgeHarvard Magazine, June 2019. 

(car) culture 

A Graceful Place Where Bhangra and Bollywood Meet • On the magnificent dancer Manpreet Toor and how the internet is transforming Punjabi diaspora danceThe New York Times, June 2021. 

America’s car crash epidemic • Cars are killing us, and it's gotten even worse during the pandemicVox, September 2021.  

The Spiritual Bankruptcy of Bottled Water • A comic reported by me and illustrated by Christine Mi on how bottled water redefined our relationship with a natural resourceVox, July 2021. 

The Year of the Wedding After-Party • On the art of planning a belated reception when you got married in the pandemic ageThe New York Times, March 2021. 

As the World Burns, Americans Buy Bigger Cars • On the rise of SUV crossovers, Vox, March 2020. 

Curator of American Culture • A profile of the delightful Radhika Jones, Vanity Fair editor-in-chief, Harvard Magazine, March-April 2021. 

As Russian Jews, We Are Characters in Someone Else’s Story • An essay about secrecy, class, and the Soviet Jewish experience, The Forward, July 2019. 

On the unfortunate Netflix series Friends from College, Harvard Magazine, July 2017. 

ideas & history 

In the age of social media blasts, what’s the point of letters to the editor? • What happens when we allow a beloved old form to be swallowed up by the social media firehose? Poynter, May 2022. 

From Lewis and Clark to Michael Brown • A profile of Walter Johnson and his radical history of my home city, St. Louis, Harvard Magazine, May-June 2020. 

History from Below • A profile of Vince Brown, a historian who will change the way you think about war, slavery, and anti-Black militarism, Harvard Magazine, March-April 2020. 

The Trilemma • A profile of economist Dani Rodrik and his field’s reckoning with free-market orthodoxy, Harvard Magazine, July-August 2019.  

Sex and Due Process on Campus • An essay on Title IX sexual assault guidelines, radical feminism, and due process, Current Affairs, January 2018. 

A Language Out of Nothing • A profile of linguist Kate Davidson and some of the questions that preoccupy people in her field, Harvard Magazine, May-June 2017.  

The Purpose of Harvard Law School • An essay on the clash between Harvard Law School’s public service ethos and its corporate law reality, Harvard Magazine, August 2016. 

On the Harvard map collection and the uses of maps, Harvard Magazine, August 2018. 


On Martin Puchner’s The Language of Thieves and how a German-American scholar discovers that his grandfather was a Nazi, Harvard Magazine, November-December 2020. 

On the myth of the egalitarian kibbutz, a new book about kibbutzim, and the kinds of arguments economists make, The Forward, April 2018. 

On The Story of Hebrew and the kinds of arguments linguists make, The Forward, August 2017.

On Dara Horn’s Eternal Life and what’s wrong with Jewish-American literature, Harvard Magazine, January-February 2018. 

On Susan Ware's Why They Marched, a new history of the women's suffrage movement, Harvard Magazine, May-June 2019. 

On the work of Bengali-British novelist Tahmima AnamHarvard Magazine, July-August 2017. 


The Watchdog • A profile of Bharat Ramamurti, the guy in charge of overseeing $500 billion in CARES Act stimulus money and a former adviser to Elizabeth Warren, Harvard Magazine, September-October 2020.  

ProMedica has a medical, moral duty to keep city's only abortion clinic open • This is a throwback — an August 2015 column in the Toledo Blade urging Ohio hospital system ProMedica to prevent Toledo's last abortion provider from shutting down. A few years later, the pro-choice advocates won!