Peter Wood

Peter Wood is the president of the National Association of Scholars and author of the new book, WRATH: America Enraged, as well as last year’s acclaimed 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project.  A former professor of anthropology and college provost, he is the author of several books about American culture, includingDiversity: The Invention of a Concept (2003) and A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now (2007).

Wood is a frequent media guest who has appeared on major radio and television programs nationwide.  He is the editor in chief of the journal Academic Questions and a widely published essayist.  In 2019, he received the Jeane Kirkpatrick Prize for contributions to academic freedom.  He is based in New York City.

Episode Appearances

Episode 164: “Wrath: America Enraged” with Peter Wood


Guest(s): Peter Wood

Over the course of roughly four generations, from around 1950 to the present, American culture has been transformed from a culture that believed in the value of self-control into a culture that celebrates self-expression. And that “self-expression” has now twisted into a new form of anger – political wrath – which makes a performance art out of our darkest emotions. So argues my guest on this episode, Peter Wood, author of Wrath: America Enraged and 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project and President of the National Association of Scholars.

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