William Deresiewicz is a contributing writer for The Nation and contributing editor for The New Republic and The American Scholar. He speaks regularly on the state of education in America at schools and leadership conferences across the country to enormous interest and acclaim. An associate professor of English at Yale until 2008, he is the author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter.
"Austen was not a novelist for nothing: she knew that our stories are what make us human, and that listening to someone else's stories — entering into their feelings, validating their experiences — is the highest way of acknowledging their humanity, the sweetest form of usefulness."
– William Deresiewicz
ARTICLES FEATURING WILLIAM
A Truthy Critique of American Higher Ed
"Excellent Sheep" enters a conversation that is well worth engaging — if only because public opinion, stoked with Deresiewicz-style fables passing as fact, has the power to do great harm....
White People Problems: A Critical Response to William Deresiewicz’s “Excellent Sheep”
Deresiewicz is angry about the miseducation of young people at prestigious universities. He is also, according to Douglas Greenberg, “making shit up.”...
Just Like a Woman
The shadow of the culture wars falls over these books, and Jane Austen becomes both the rescued and the rescuer....