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

A Soviet level of cynicism

Feeling dystopic ? It’s a great word, comes from the opposite of utopia, or the imaginary ideal place. Dystopia thus is the imaginary worst place. The after-the-event place. If you’re feeling dystopic these days, you have lots of company. I know some people who think everything will be fine, but I…

Explaining American politics abroad

Again, yesterday, the question. This time from a Belgian, but it has also come from French, Italians, Spaniards. How can someone like Donald Trump possibly have a chance at being president of the United States? There is, of course, no easy answer. Here are some of the reasons I offer,…

Jim Crow Jerusalem

The Jordan River, the mother of all metaphors, is nearly gone. I was excited about crossing it last week from Jordan into Israel, a journey of mythological standing and cultural legacy, but we crossed nothing more than a rocky, trash-strewn bed, dry as a bone. Does truth lie there, representing…

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