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Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild

Lecturer

Adam Hochschild (pronunciation: ”Hoch” as in ”spoke”; ”schild” as in ”build”) is the author of nine books. His  Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, was published in in 2016. Of his earlier books, Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the PEN USA Literary Award, the Gold Medal of the California Book Awards, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa and To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 were both finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels and Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays collect some of the articles he has done in several decades of writing for magazines. Earlier in his career, he was a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, a commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and a co-founder, editor, and writer at Mother Jones magazine. His articles have also been published in the New Yorker, Harper’s, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere. In 2009 he received the Theodore Roosevelt-Woodrow Wilson Award from the American Historical Association and in 2014 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


At the Graduate School of Journalism in 2018, former PBS NewsHour correspondent Elizabeth Farnsworth interviewed Hochschild about his work (interview starts at 6:00 minutes into the video recording).  Hochschild has also been interviewed about his writing on the Congo by Scott Pelley of “60 Minutes,” and Alison Stewart of PBS, and by Terry Gross of NPR’s “Fresh Air” about Spain in Our Hearts and about To End All Wars.  The text of a print interview with him about his body of work appears here, and a C-SPAN recording of him talking about his most recent book is here. A recent magazine piece looking back at the Armistice that ended the First World War, appeared in the New Yorker, as did an account of the frenzy for deportations that swept the country before Donald Trump was even born. Other subjects covered in his articles include  the civil war in eastern Congo, echoes of a particular historical moment in Trump’s demagoguery, a shadowy general who was the father of American surveillance, and an oddly personal connection to the latest Tarzan film.

(Photo of Adam Hochschild by Barbi Reed)

PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK

TEACHING SCHEDULE:

Sec. Title Time Location
001 J243 Advanced Narrative/Book Writing
Spring 2020
M 9:00 - 12:00 B30 North Gate
1 J243 Advanced Narrative Writing
Spring 2019
Tu 10:00 - 1:00 B30 North Gate
9 J298 Writing the Non-Fiction Book
Spring 2018
T 10:00 - 1:00 B30 North Gate
9 J298 Writing the Non-Fiction Book
Spring 2017

MEDIA PLATFORMS

Narrative Writing