PhD+ Writing Op-Eds 3: How to Build an Op-Ed

Virtual (please register to receive the Zoom link)

This series, Writing Op-Eds: Translating Your Research to a Broad Audience, will help PhD students in arts, humanities, and social science (AHSS) convert their academic writing and research to make it more accessible for broad audiences.

Session 3 invites participants to bring an idea for a potential op-ed. Dr. Rosenwald will lead participants through a breakdown of different pieces of public writing to help you gain familiarity and comfort with several potential structures, and the differences between public writing and academic writing. After going through a few preselected pieces, you will collectively brainstorm how to turn a few attendees’ ideas into op-eds — potential news hooks, potential structures and organization, and what might fit into a piece vs. landing on the cutting room floor.


Brian Rosenwald, Ph.D. - Dr. Rosenwald is a scholar in residence at the Partnership for Effective Public Administration and Leadership Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, an instructor at Penn, and author of Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States. He serves as a senior editor of Made By History, a Washington Post history section, and as a political analyst for NBC10 Philadelphia. He also makes regular appearance on Stand Up! with Pete Dominick, the Michael Smerconish Show, NBCLX, and the Other Side of Midnight with Frank Morano. Dr. Rosenwald received a PhD and a MA in history from the University of Virginia and a BA in political science (with honors) and history from the University of Pennsylvania.

More broadly, Dr. Rosenwald is a frequent commentator on radio, television and in print. He has authored pieces for The AtlanticThe Washington PostCNN.comPoliticoThe Philadelphia InquirerThe Baltimore SunThe Daily Beast and Time Magazine's history blog, and contributed insight to pieces for media outlets including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Dr. Rosenwald’s work intersects four disciplines— history, political science, media studies, and communications. His scholarly interests include Congress, the media, public policy, and the Supreme Court. He also has significant interests in the substance of public policy and in helping scholars to reach a wider audience with their work. Read more here.


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