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Portrait of Dr. Paul Hirsch

Dr. Paul Hirsch is currently a Fellow at the New York Review of Books’ Robert B. Silvers Foundation and a Postdoctoral Affiliate at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas – Austin. Paul is finalizing his book, Pulp Empire: The Secret History of Comic Books, the United States, and the World, for publication in 2020 through the University of Chicago Press. He resides in Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C.

In addition to his upcoming book,  Paul publishes in a variety of professional and popular venues. His article in the Pacific Historical Review received the American Historical Association’s Jackson prize for best scholarly work. He has also appeared in The New York Times, The Lowbrow Reader, and on National Public Radio. Paul has earned major, long-term support from the National Science Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and New York University’s Center for the U.S. and the Cold War.

Paul achieved these goals as an amputee, and his experiences inspire his teaching and current research. He welcomes the opportunity to correspond with others interested in cultural and diplomatic history and disability studies, and invites you to email him here.