Jordan Goodman

For twenty-five years I was an academic historian until I decided that researching and writing were my chief passions. I took early retirement about ten years ago (I miss the teaching but not the administration, which, my ex-colleagues tell me, grows by leaps and bounds). I have published two books and am just completing my third under this new non-academic hat. Biography fascinates me as a way of thinking about history. In my last book (The Devil and Mr Casement – Verso, London, 2009 and Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York 2010) and in the present one (Paul Robeson: Cold War, Verso, London and New York, to appear 2013), I use biography as a prism to lay bare wider political and cultural issues. I have not entirely severed my academic connections, however. I am an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London. Needless to say, I don’t do any administration there.