Renewing Crooked Timber: new grafts

by Chris Bertram on October 18, 2022

We’ve been blogging together at Crooked Timber for nineteen years now, pre-Facebook even. Inevitably people move on to new projects in that time or just find less interest in writing in this format. So from time to time the tree surgeon has to visit and do some running repairs on our crooked timber. We’re really happy to welcome some new bloggers to the party with a couple more probably on the way in a few months. Our new additions are Chris Armstrong, Speranta Dumitru, Kevin Munger, Paul Segal and Eric Schliesser and, if all goes according to plan, there will be a couple of further additions in December that will also improve the gender balance of our new cohort. Also a sad farewell to Daniel Davies, Kieran Healy, Scott McLemee, Eric Rauchway, Corey Robin, Astra Taylor, and Rich Yeselson who have contributed so much over the years, particularly to Dan and Kieran who were founding members back in 2003, with Kieran’s tech support having dug us out of more internet holes than I can remember.

A little bit about all of the new bloggers below:

Chris Armstrong is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Southampton. He is interested in issues around global justice, the environment, territory, climate change, biodiversity, and the ocean. He lives in Hampshire, England with his better half, their three children, and two labradors. He is a long-term vegetarian, and a lifelong Chelsea fan. Any spare time is devoted to archery, reading novels, walking the dogs, and growing vegetables.

Speranta Dumitru is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Université Paris Cité. She works on migration and freedom of movement. Having spent her childhood in a communist country that had left no hope for crossing a border or meeting a foreigner, Speranta tries to understand why mobility has come to be politically forbidden or allowed in liberal countries. She is interested in the study of cognitive biases, gender, nationalism, and ethics.

Kevin Munger is a computational social scientist who writes about social media and politics. His latest book is Generation Gap: Why the Baby Boomers Still Dominate American Politics and Culture and he blogs at Never Met a Science. He has lots of interesting things to say about the Baby Boom cohort and its outsized influence on US politics, as well as the philosophy of social science applied to the study of online behavior.

Eric Schliesser is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Amsterdam. He publishes widely in the history of philosophy and science, metaphilosophy, and twentieth century political economy. He has blogged at NewAPPS and Digressionsnimpressions. He divides his time between London and Amsterdam.

Paul Segal is an economist of inequality, development and history, with a certain affinity with both sociologists and political philosophers. His focus is on middle-income countries, particularly Argentina and Mexico, and on different perspectives on the global distribution of income – global inequality, global poverty, and global elites. He is currently working on the linkages between social and economic inequality, including their relationship with social reproduction. He also teaches international macroeconomics and finance, if only to be able to keep up with dinner time conversation on trips to Buenos Aires. He lives in Brighton on the south coast of England where he argues over social reproduction labour with an Argentine political economist and two medium-sized children.

We look forward to reading their contributions and we hope you do too!



Ingrid Robeyns 10.18.22 at 8:31 pm

Welcome onboard Chris, Speranta, Kevin, Eric and Paul! I’m delighted you are joining and looking forward to read your posts.
And I’d like to second Chris in thanking Kieran, Dan, Corey, Scott, Eric R., Astra and Rich for the time on this blog together!


John Quiggin 10.18.22 at 11:19 pm

I’ve gained so much from engaging with Kieran, Dan, Corey, Scott, Eric R., Astra and Rich. Looking forward to more with Chris, Speranta, Kevin, Eric and Paul


Batocchio 10.19.22 at 3:24 am



engels 10.19.22 at 11:29 am

May your sapwood remain free of fungi and lyctus beetles


James Camien McGuiggan 10.19.22 at 11:30 am

Very exciting. Looking forward!


Mike 10.19.22 at 11:54 am

The new contributors sound really excellent, and I’m looking forward to reading them. Crooked Timber has been a gateway to many other readings for me over the last two decades.

However, is there a place for more diversity in Crooked Timber? I don’t think I see anybody here from the global South (excluding Australia) or the far East.


Chris Bertram 10.19.22 at 12:28 pm

@Mike wait and see re the further additions at the end of the year


JM Robinson 10.19.22 at 1:17 pm

Welcome! Looking forward to it.


Gregory Sanders 10.19.22 at 1:52 pm

Welcome on board to the new members, thank you to the departing, and I’m glad to see Crooked Timber vibrant and self-renewing.


J-D 10.20.22 at 1:16 am

…the global South (excluding Australia)…

Being south of the Equator doesn’t make us part of the global South. We’re still part of the global North. (Actually most of the global South is north of the Equator.)


oldster 10.20.22 at 11:22 am

Welcome news.
Now see about a reshuffle of the commentariat — the regular commenters should be sacked, and new voices brought in.


oldster 10.20.22 at 11:25 am

“We’re still part of the global North.”
Which always makes me wonder, what exactly do you have against the podes? What did the podes ever do to you?


Sumana Harihareswara 10.20.22 at 7:45 pm

Welcome, new posters! Looking forward to reading and learning from you.

Farewell, Daniel Davies, Kieran Healy, Scott McLemee, Eric Rauchway, Corey Robin, Astra Taylor, and Rich Yeselson. I want to in particular thank Dan Davies; my recollection is that I was reading his blog, like, ~20 years ago, and then followed him here when he joined CT, so thanks dsquared for bringing me here!


Alan White 10.20.22 at 10:24 pm

GS @ 9: “Welcome on board to the new members, thank you to the departing, and I’m glad to see Crooked Timber vibrant and self-renewing.”

Amen and amen. Over the years I’ve learned more than I can say from posts and commentary on this site, and be assured it will remain a daily stop for me. And Chris, keep up the photoblogging!


J-D 10.21.22 at 4:02 am

Which always makes me wonder, what exactly do you have against the podes? What did the podes ever do to you?

I bet you weren’t expecting me to be able to answer these questions!

What the antipodes have against the podes is exactly what the podes have against the antipodes, and what the podes do to the antipodes is exactly what the antipodes do to the podes. It’s a perfectly symmetrical relationship.


Akshay 10.21.22 at 9:54 am

Thanks to the retirees for their contributions and welcome to the newcomers!


Doug M. 11.01.22 at 5:05 pm

In the unlikely event that anyone is still reading this thread: could you guys maybe update the blogroll, over on the right? Or just kill it dead — one or the other.

I just did some fast clicking. About a quarter are to dead sites. Another quarter or so are to sites that haven’t updated in years. A couple of sites have moved. It’s a mess.

(And, um, Glenn Greenwald is still in there? Which probably was perfectly reasonable in 2007, and plausible in 2013, but today…?)

More to the point, blogging is enjoying a modest renaissance, and there are a bunch of good/cool / interesting blogs out there. Yeah, some are called “substacks” for some reason, I don’t know. But if you’re going to have a blogroll at all, someone should take a few minutes to clean it up.

Doug M.


John Quiggin 11.02.22 at 12:06 am

Doug M. That’s something I’ve been meaning to tackle for ages, but never got around to, so thanks for the nudge. I’ve deleted dead links and updated some who have moved to Substack.

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