Steven Michels

On politics, culture, and higher ed

—Essays and Articles
"American Freedom: Sinclair Lewis and the Open Road," Public Domain Review (March 22, 2017).

"Can It Happen Here? Sinclair Lewis on American Authoritarianism," Medium.com (originally published on the Rowman & Littlefield blog, Dec. 6, 2016).

"The Use and Abuse of 'Political Correctness,'" VogelinView.com, Oct. 26, 2016.

"Dead and Buried," Souciant, Feb. 28, 2014.

The Last Straw Campaign at Sacred Heart University Keeps the Focus on Newtown and Gun Violence,” The Huffington Post, April 10, 2013.

My First Book: Reflections on the Steps and Struggles,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 2, 2013.

Republicans Need a Reset,” Hartford Courant, Nov. 10, 2012.

The Pretense of Democracy,” Souciant, Oct. 31, 2012.

Debates Are Where Competing Narratives Collide,” Hartford Courant, Oct. 12, 2012.

When You Wish Upon a Book,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 6, 2012.

Welcome to the #Occupation: Politics and the Power of Music,” The New Everyday, Feb. 22, 2012.

What I Learned from My So-called Sabbatical,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 13, 2011.

Nietzsche’s Frames: Esotericism and the Art of the Preface,” EnterText 6.3 (Winter 2007).

When Democracies Fight: Tocqueville on the Democratic Peace,” Essays in Arts and Sciences (Winter 2005).

Nietzsche’s Aphoristic Turn,” EnterText 4.3 (Winter 2004-5).

Democracy in Plato’s Laws,” Journal of Social Philosophy 35/4 (Dec. 2004).

Nietzsche and the Religion of the Future,” Animus (Nov. 2004).

Nietzsche on Truth and the Will,” Minerva (Nov. 2004).

Nietzsche, Nihilism, and the Virtue of Nature,” Dogma (Oct. 2004).

Finding a Friend in a Competitor” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 26, 2001.

—Book Reviews and Notes
Men at War: What Fiction Tells Us about Conflict, from The Iliad to Catch-22 by Christopher Coker, Political Studies Review (Feb. 2016).

The Politics and Tragedy of Democratic Citizenship by Robert C. Pirro, Political Studies Review 10/3 (Sept. 2012).

A Wiser Politics by Jean Hardy, Political Studies Review 10/3 (Sept. 2012).

Open Government in a Theoretical and Practical Context by Richard E. Chapman and Michael Hunt, Political Studies Review (April 2007).

Confronting Globalization: Humanity, Justice, and the Renewal of Politics, edited by Patrick Hayden and Chamsy el-Ojeili, Political Studies Review (April 2006).

What’s Wrong With Democracy: From Athenian Practice to America Worship by Loren J. Samons, Political Studies Review (Nov. 2005).

Varieties of Capitalism, Varieties of Approaches, edited by David Coates, Political Studies Review (Oct. 2005).

Challenging Diversity: Rethinking Equality and the Value of Difference by Davina Cooper, Political Studies Review (Sept. 2005).

Democracy and Its Friendly Critics: Tocqueville and Political Life Today, edited by Peter Augustine Lawler, Perspectives on Political Science 34/2 (Spring 2005).

Decline of the Public: The Hollowing-out of Citizenship by David Marquand, Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory (Dec. 2004).

Nietzsche’s Machiavellian Politics by Don Dombowsky, Political Studies Review (Nov. 2004).

Tocqueville, Democracy and Social Reform by Michael Drolet, Political Studies Review (Oct. 2004).

The Paradox of Philosophical Education: Nietzsche’s New Nobility and the Eternal Recurrence in Beyond Good and Evil by J. Harvey Lomax, Political Studies Review (Sept. 2004).

The Shortest Shadow: Nietzsche’s Philosophy of the Two by Alenka Zupančič, Essays in Philosophy: A Biannual Journal 5/2 (June 2004); also published in Bollettino telematico di filosofia politica (Jan. 2004) and as “Nietzsche, Interrupted” in The Symptom (Winter 2004).