Recent News

January 19, 2018:

A couple of new reviews of my work. First, here’s a review of Nuclear Freeze in a Cold War at H-Net.

Also, a positive review of a collection I’m in, Music Video Games: Performance, Politics, and Play, recently appeared at College Music Symposium.


January 6, 2018:

Alma Mater interviewed me. You can read it here.

April 7, 2017:

My new book examining Antinuclear Cultural Activism in the Age of Reagan is now in print! A description and some early reviews are online at the UMass Press webpage.


September 13, 2016:
Long time coming on this one: Now available for pre-order, a new book chapter in a Cambridge University Press collection, Nuclear Threats, Nuclear Fear, and the Cold War of the 1980s. CUP’s Webpage says due out in December. The chapter is a look at UK Pop Artists’ responses to the Euromissile Crisis, first presented at the German Historical Institute conference, “Accidental Armageddons” which took place in Washington D.C. way back in 2010. I think it’s a good chapter in an overall great collection.


August 17, 2016:
A few new publications this summer. First, I’ve provided the introductory chapter for a new collection: Music Video Games: Performance, Politics, and Play.

music video games

Also, I co-authored piece with my colleague Casey Rentmeester for the new collection The Who and Philosophy.

October 14, 2015:

Wow…The State of Play made the New York Times Sunday Book Review!

September 21st, 2015:

Hey, the forthcoming collection The State of Play is getting some positive reviews! Kirkus has a few brief, but positive things to say, and we received a starred review in the Library Journal. But the most extensive, and overall positive assessment comes from the online science/tech/pop culture site The Mary Sue. Books is out on October 20th.

January 12th, 2015:

Have you been following the “Gamergate” controversy? I have, and I think one of the best responses came from Anita Sarkeesian on The Colbert Report. This issue, and numerous topics on the current state of gaming and gaming culture, are going to be covered in a forthcoming collection which I’m ecstatic to be a part of. The editors, Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson, wrote a history of Minecraft. This new collection is being published by Seven Stories Press. Here’s the cover, via the Random House website:


January 9th, 2015:

Time for an update:

A few months ago, I was invited to participate in a conference in Volda, Norway,
a beautiful country. Even in November, it was quite a bit greener than home.

The Media and the Cold War Conference was a fantastic experience. Excellent speakers and presentations. I was excited to be a part of it.

December 15th, 2014:

Baby Boomers and Popular Culture is now out in Hardcover (opening with a chapter by yours truly…)


June 25th, 2014:

My review of a Cold War History article is now available over at H-DIPLO.

The review, available in both .pdf and html formats, is on:

Paul Rubinson“The Global Effects of Nuclear Winter: Science and Antinuclear Protest in the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1980s.”  Cold War History 14:1 (February 2014):  47-69.

June 9th, 2014:

Excited to announce that I’ve been accepted to a conference in Volda, Norway, entitled Media and the Cold War. I’ll be presenting my research into Reagan’s “Star Wars” program. The conference is in November, marking a long overdue return trip to Europe. The conference program can be found here. It looks like a great group of scholars, and I’m proud to be associated with it.

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