The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences maintains a sponsorship with Made by History, the political history blog of The Washington Post. College faculty members are welcome to propose opinion pieces for possible inclusion.

As an introduction to the blog states, “Each day in this space, you’ll find historical analyses to situate the events making headlines in their larger historical context. Sometimes, that will mean explaining the origins of policy battles; sometimes, it will involve illuminating the social and cultural pathways that led our society to fracture in just this way; other times, it will mean grappling with parallels between the past and present.”

The opinion pieces in Made by History tend to be 600 to 1,000 words. Each piece should be argument driven, rather than a summary.

COVID-19-related entries by college community members, for example, have included, “Social distancing won’t happen until governments order it,” by Ed Gitre, an assistant professor in the Department of History; “Public health isn’t the enemy of economic well-being,” by Melanie Kiechle, an associate professor in the Department of History; and “Debates over mask-wearing are nothing new,” by Jessica Brabble, a master’s student in history; Tom Ewing, a professor in the Department of History; and Ariel Ludwig, a doctoral degree graduate from the Department of Science, Technology, and Society.

To suggest or submit an opinion piece, email Paula Byron, the college’s director of marketing and communications, at