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Portrait of Dr. Paul Hirsch

Dr. Paul Hirsch is a historian and writer whose work focuses on the relationship among popular visual culture, marginalized communities, and policymaking. Paul’s first book, Pulp Empire: The Secret History of Comic Book Imperialism, forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, has received major support from the Robert B. Silvers Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas.

Outside of academia, Paul has been interviewed on National Public Radio and in the New York Times and featured on major podcasts including Marvel’s Declassified and BackStory.

In addition to his upcoming book,  Paul publishes in a variety of professional and popular venues. His article in the Pacific Historical Review, on the intersection of comic books, race, and foreign policy, received the American Historical Association’s Jackson prize for best first publication. He has also appeared in The New York Times and The Lowbrow Reader.

Paul achieved these goals as an amputee, and his experiences as a physically disabled person inspire his teaching and writing about men and women on the historical margins. He welcomes the opportunity to correspond with others interested in cultural and diplomatic history, comic books, and disability studies, and invites you to email him here.