Marshall Poe

Jun 2, 2022

Amplifying Academics and Supporting Public Education

A Conversation with Marshall Poe, Editor of the New Books Network

New Books Network 2022

Welcome to The Academic Life! In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • Why Dr. Marshall Poe left a tenured professorship to create the New Books Network
  • How his own experience with dyslexia inspired his book-talk podcasts,
  • Why he wouldn’t want to go back to being a professor now,
  • Common misconceptions—plus some good advice—about starting a podcast
  • The NBN’s role in democratizing education and in supporting academic presses.

Our guest is: Dr. Marshall Poe, who is a historian, writer, podcaster, and editor. He is the founder and editor of the New Books Network, an online collection of podcast interviews with a wide range of nonfiction authors which began as a single channel in 2007 and has since grown into an archived audio library containing thousands of NBN episodes. He has taught Russian, European, Eurasian, and world history at universities including Harvard, Columbia, University of Iowa, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Poe has also authored and edited of a number of books for children and adults. He lives in Northampton, MA.

Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, the co-creator of the Academic Life.

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