The categories created are organized by classes and seminars offered by faculty on The Presidency; Intersectionality & Identity Politics; American Political Thought; Courts & Social Movements; and Writing Politics, or writing for public purpose.
These blogs extend or update the arguments that I made in Out of Many, One: Obama & the Third American Political Tradition (University of Chicago Press, 2013) to current events. These blogs advance this book’s argument to events subsequent to Obama’s first term, as well as his election and reelection. The book was featured in an Author Meets Critics panel by the American Political Science Association and was the subject of a lecture and discussion by the author at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
Students researching topics about courts and social movements, identity politics, or politics and history can find blogs that stem from Bodies in Revolt: Gender, Disability, and a Workplace Ethic of Care (New York: Routledge Press); Crippled Justice: The History of Modern Disability Policy in the Workplace (University of Chicago Press); and Workers’ Paradox: The Republican Origins of the New Deal Labor Policy, 1886–1935 (University of North Carolina Press).
Both the Public Square book series (published by Princeton University Press) and the legal-storytelling methodology inspired the Writing Politics specialization in the Political Science M.A. & Ph.D. Program. See O’Brien’s edited volumes — Voices from the Edge: Narratives about the Americans with Disabilities Act (Oxford University Press, USA) and Telling Stories Out of Court: Narratives about Women and Workplace Discrimination (Cornell University ILR Press).
Both Crippled Justice and Voices from the Edge received honorable mentions from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. The Institutional Diversity & Equity Office of Dartmouth College assigned Voices from the Edge for a yearlong seminar taken by faculty and staff. O’Brien also received a Disability Awareness outreach award from the Chancellor of the City University of New York in 2011. O’Brien has presented parts of these six books at invited lectures and keynote addresses on Obama, rights protecting persons with disabilities, and women in the workplace. Finally, Voices from the Edge was featured at the ADA Day, New York Public Library, celebrating the ADA’s 20th anniversary in 2010.