This blog is maintained by Angus Johnston, a historian of student activism and student government. For updates on new posts and links to stories that don’t make it onto the blog, you can follow the Student Activism Twitter feed.

I received my PhD from the City University of New York in 2009. My dissertation, “The United States National Student Association: Democracy, Activism, and the Idea of the Student, 1947-1978,” is a history of American student organizing before, during, and after the 1960s as seen through the lens of the most prominent student government organization of the time. I live in Manhattan, and I teach history at the City University of New York.

I speak regularly on college campuses and at conferences, and I’m happy to make myself available for interviews with journalists or campus activists. If you want to get in touch, you can reach me at (But please don’t contact me to pitch your company/infographic/whatever. I don’t do guest posts, and I’m not interested in being part of your site’s marketing plan. Sorry.)

If you’ve got news of an event or action that you think I’d be interested in writing about, please send it along. I’d strongly suggest, though, that you do so via Twitter — if you tweet me a link, I’ll most likely retweet it immediately, and I may well wind up writing about it too.