Ellen Hampton

About me

As a professor of history who has begun writing fiction, I plan to explore the historical fiction genre in the near future. It’s where I started out, but then went the PhD route instead, and now I’m coming back to it. The book I tried to write 20 years ago was titled Full Circle. Now I see that as ironic. You have to go the distance to see where you’ve been, right?

From my website

Mississippi of the Middle East

I’m just back from a road trip through Mississippi, which is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, wherein hundreds of young people from around the country joined in an organized effort to help register African-Americans to vote. They put themselves between the hidebound conservatives determined to maintain a Jim…

Creative cross-pollination

During the past week we had the privilege and good fortune to have Brooklyn artist Meghan Keane stay with us and include us in her new Pas-de-Deux project of painting couples and their surroundings. I confess to a certain reluctance at first. The idea of a stately couples’ portrait, Claude…

French spike in Twitter suppression

In the last six months of 2013, France moved into first place in the world in number of requests to Twitter to remove tweets. French authorities (category: government agency, police, other) asked Twitter to suppress or remove 306 tweets, or 87% of the total 353 requests it received from July…

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