I believe that the most important form of public engagement that academics can do is to reach students in the classroom. I take that responsibility seriously, particularly when it comes to representation in the curriculum: for example, ensuring that my British history courses reflect that Britain has always been a multiethnic society; and that students can always encounter information about and critical engagement with LGBTQ identities in courses that I teach on any region or time period.
As someone with a background in journalism, however, I have also written extensively for the public about my research. I was a founding editor of JHIBlog, the highly successful blog of the Journal of the History of Ideas, where I wrote widely about, among other things, historiography and the relation of intellectual history to politics and current affairs. More recently, I have written several short essays for online publications which seek to break down divides between academic and popular writing, including work which connects my research to film and television:
“What’s Missing in Naomi Wolf’s ‘Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love’,” Public Seminar, June 25, 2019 (mentioned in the New York Times on July 9, 2019)
“‘Never in the Presence of Any Woman’: Male Homoeroticism and Elite Education,” History Workshop Online, January 21, 2019
“The 1970s Gay Sex Scandal That Enthralled Britons Is Back” [on the Jeremy Thorpe scandal and A Very English Scandal (BBC)], Public Seminar, June 26, 2018
“Dare to Speak its Name: Pederasty in the Classical Tropes of ‘Call Me By Your Name’,” Eidolon, February 2018
I am also active on Twitter, where you can follow me @echomikeromeo.