"Nobody Knows Anything: NIne Theories About Polarization," (Un)Conventional Wisdom blog, October 27, 2014. Essay on the possible causes of partisan gridlock in Washington and in the voting booth.
"Identity Politics," America magazine, October 27, 2014. History of the Catholic vote in the United States since the election of John F. Kennedy.
"Boston's Population Boom Speeds Up," Boston Globe Ideas section, June 16, 2013. Report on Census figures showing growth in Boston and nearby communities after decades of decline.
"The Top 100 Sitcom Episodes of All Time," Robert David Sullivan blog, January 3, 2013. A yearlong project examining the appeal of one of America's most popular art forms, as well as its evolution over six decades.
"TV Club 10: Julia Child's The French Chef," The A.V. Club, November 21, 2012. An appreciation of TVs prototypical cooking show, as well as the first big hit on public television.
"What Is Christmas Without the Department Store?", Boston Globe Ideas section, December 11, 2011. Essay on the rise and fall of downtown giants such as Filene's and Wanamaker's.
"MassINC's Middle Class Index," Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, November 8, 2011. Forty-page research report on socio-economic trends affecting middle-class households in both Massachusetts and the United States as a whole.
"Next Stop: Downtown Noshing," Boston Globe, August 1, 2011. Column on the decline of retail stores and the thriving of bars and restaurants in downtown Boston.
"Variety Show," Boston Globe Ideas section, June 12, 2011. Essay on "diversity density," a new way of measuring racial diversity in urban areas, and Boston's high ranking on the index.
"Everywhere an Outlier: What Each State Does Best in Presidential Politics," Robert David Sullivan blog, March 3, 2011. Profiles of political behavior for each of the 50 states.
"Boardwalk Empire: TV and the Art of the Anti-Hero," Extra Criticum, October 5, 2010. Essay on TV series including The Sopranos and Breaking Bad.
"Backwater of the Universe," CommonWealth magazine, Fall 2010. Review of Neil Miller's book Banned in Boston: The Watch and Ward Society’s Crusade against Books, Burlesque, and the Social Evil.
"Attack of the Light Drizzle!" Boston Globe, Ideas section, February 21, 2010. Essay on sensationalistic weather reporting.
"Census Trends," CommonWealth magazine, Fall 2009. An analysis of new data on population shifts, home ownership, and "magnet cities" in Massachusetts.
"New Hues for the Electoral Map," America: The National Catholic Weekly, October 27, 2008. Preview of 2008 presidential election based on regional voting patterns.
"Changing the Polarized Electoral Landscape," Boston Globe, June 30, 2008 (subscription or fee required). Op-ed column, with original maps, on dwindling number of closely contested areas in US presidential elections.
"Last Call," Boston Globe, December 2, 2007. Article in the Globe's Ideas section on the disappearance of gay bars in American cities.
"Bay State Nation," Boston Globe, July 25, 2004. Article in the Globe's Ideas section on what the United States might look like if it adopted the political attitudes of Massachusetts.
"Keeping the customers 'satisficed,'" CommonWealth magazine, Fall 2001. Essay on the decline of competitive politics in Boston mayoral elections and the advantages of incumbency.
"50 Years and Counting," Boston Phoenix, December 1, 1997. At television's half-century mark, a look back at the shows that changed the medium.
"Sedaris Gets Naked," Boston Phoenix, February 1997. Early profile of writer and NPR contibutor David Sedaris.
"Mitty's Man," Boston Phoenix, November 30, 1995. Review of James Thurber: His Life and Times, by Harrison Kinney.