Heather Cox Richardson is Professor of History at Boston College and the author of five books about American politics. Most recently, she is the author of To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party, published by Basic Books. Jonathan Chait named To Make Men Free one of the six books to read to understand today’s Republican Party.
Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre was published in 2010, also by Basic Books and West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America After the Civil War was published in 2007 by Yale University Press. Heather’s earlier books include The Greatest Nation of the Earth: Republican Economic Policies During the Civil War and The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Civil War North, 1865-1901, both published by Harvard University Press.
Heather is the co-host of Freak Out and Carry On, WBUR’s politics and history podcast. She writes widely for popular publications and is a national commentator on American political history and the Republican Party. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Quartz and Salon.com. She recently attracted national attention when one of her Facebook posts went viral: a post on how Americans could respond to what she called the “shock events” of the Donald Trump presidency.