Sam Lebovic is an associate professor of history at George Mason University, where he also serves as associate editor for the Journal of Social History. A historian of U.S. political and cultural life, he is particularly interested in the ways that information and ideas circulate—and don’t circulate—through the U.S. public sphere. Lebovic is the author of Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America (Harvard University Press, 2016), which won the OAH’s Ellis Hawley Prize, and A Righteous Smokescreen: Postwar America and the Politics of Cultural Globalization (University of Chicago Press, 2022), as well as numerous articles and essays on the history of civil liberties, foreign relations, the media, and the national security state. With support from an NEH Public Scholar fellowship, he is currently completing a narrative history of the Espionage Act, which is under contract with Basic Books.
Essays and Scholarship
Fake News, Lies, and Other Familiar Problems
A guide to thinking about the best way to navigate the contemporary crises of the American public sphereBy Sam Lebovic