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Moshik Temkin

Appointment
Associate Professor of Public Policy
Office Address
124 Mount Auburn St. 200N-250
617-496-1392
Temkin, Moshik. "Historians Shouldn’t Be Pundits." New York Times, June 26, 2017.

Abstract

Donald Trump might be disastrous for most Americans and a danger to the world, but he has been a boon to historians. The more grotesque his presidency appears, the more historians are called on to make sense of it, often in 30-second blasts on cable news or in quick-take quotes in a news article. As a historian, I’m glad to see my profession getting some much deserved publicity. But I also worry about the rapid-fire, superficial way history is being presented, as if it’s mostly a matter of drawing historical analogies. The result is that readers and viewers get history lessons that are often misleading when it comes to Mr. Trump, and shed little light on our current travails.