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Carol PolsgroveCarol Polsgrove

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Past academic positions

Instructor, Maysville Community College, Maysville, Kentucky; Associate Professor, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond; Lecturer, San Jose State University, California State University at Hayward and San Francisco State University.

Professional positions

Editor, Mother Jones (San Francisco, Calif.), 1983-85; Associate Editor, The Progressive (Madison, Wis.), 1980-81; reporter, Lexington Herald (Ky.), summer 1974; writer, The Associated Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 1967-68; writer, Department of Public Information, Commonwealth of Kentucky, summers 1965, 1966.


Ending British Rule in Africa: Writers in a Common Cause (Manchester University Press, 2009); Advisory Board, Reporting Civil Rights (Library of America, 2003); Divided Minds: Intellectuals and the Civil Rights Movement (W.W. Norton, 2001); It Wasn't Pretty Folks, But Didn't We Have Fun: Esquire in the Sixties (W.W. Norton, 1995); articles and reviews in the American Prospect, the Progressive, the Nation, Oceans, Sierra, Environment, the Atlantic, Studies in Short Fiction, New Times, Not Man Apart, Sight and Sound.

Teaching and research areas

Research areas: magazine and cultural history; literary journalism. Teaching areas: literary journalism; magazine reporting, writing, and editing; media and society; ethics.

Research summary

Carol Polsgrove's research focuses on publishing history (especially the history of magazines) and the interaction of magazines with political and cultural developments.
Her book Divided Minds: Intellectuals and the Civil Rights Movement was published in Spring 2001 by W.W. Norton. "Divided Minds" explores how intellectuals like novelist James Baldwin and historian C. Vann Woodward used magazines and trade books to respond to the movement during the decade after the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Professor Polsgrove relies heavily on archival collections, supplemented by interviews and the published works themselves.
An earlier book, It Wasn't Pretty, Folks, But Didn't We Have Fun? Esquire in the Sixties (1995), also published by W.W. Norton, used interviews and archives to reconstruct the story of Esquire magazine in the 1960s.
Professor Polsgrove has also contributed a chapter, "Magazines and the Making of Authors," to A History of the Book in America, Volume 5, to be published by the American Antiquarian Society and Cambridge University Press.
She has also recently contributed book reviews to the American Prospect.
On faculty since 1989.