Jill Lepore
Jill Lepore, a staff writer, has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2005. Her books include “The Name of War,” which won the Bancroft Prize; “New York Burning,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history; “Book of Ages,” a finalist for the National Book Award; “The Secret History of Wonder Woman”; and the international best-seller “These Truths: A History of the United States.” Most recently, she published her fourteenth book, “If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future,” in September, 2020.
Lepore received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale in 1995 and is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University.
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CommentDecember 6, 2021 Issue
The Lessons of “The Lorax”
The battle over what we read isn’t about to end anytime soon.
By Jill LeporeNovember 28, 2021
BooksNovember 22, 2021 Issue
How the Week Organizes and Tyrannizes Our Lives
From work schedules to TV seasons to baseball games, the seven-day cycle has long ordered American society. Will we ever get rid of it?
By Jill LeporeNovember 15, 2021
American ChroniclesOctober 4, 2021 Issue
When Black History Is Unearthed, Who Gets to Speak for the Dead?
Efforts to rescue African American burial grounds and remains have exposed deep conflicts over inheritance and representation.
By Jill LeporeSeptember 27, 2021
A Critic at LargeAugust 2, 2021 Issue
Facebook’s Broken Vows
How the company’s pledge to bring the world together wound up pulling us apart.
By Jill LeporeJuly 26, 2021
American ChroniclesMay 24, 2021 Issue
Burnout: Modern Affliction or Human Condition?
As a diagnosis, it’s too vague to be helpful—but its rise tells us a lot about the way we work.
By Jill LeporeMay 17, 2021
How Do Plague Stories End?
In the literature of contagion, when society is finally free of disease, it’s up to humanity to decide how to begin again.
By Jill LeporeMarch 24, 2021
A Critic at LargeMarch 29, 2021 Issue
When Constitutions Took Over the World
Starting in the eighteenth century, citizens were promised their rights in print. Was this new age spurred by the ideals of the Enlightenment or by the imperatives of global warfare?
By Jill LeporeMarch 22, 2021
BooksFebruary 8, 2021 Issue
The Next Cyberattack Is Already Under Way
Amid a global gold rush for digital weapons, the infrastructure of our daily lives has never been more vulnerable.
By Jill LeporeFebruary 1, 2021
A Critic at LargeJanuary 18, 2021 Issue
What’s Wrong with the Way We Work
Americans are told to give their all—time, labor, and passion—to their jobs. But do their jobs give enough back?
By Jill LeporeJanuary 11, 2021
Daily Comment
What Should We Call the Sixth of January?
What began as a protest, rally, and march ended as something altogether different—a day of anarchy that challenges the terminology of history.
By Jill LeporeJanuary 8, 2021
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