About: Stephen Vider

The Lazy Scholar is the not-so-secret identity of Stephen Vider, a graduate student in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University. Before returning to the world of academia, he worked as an editorial assistant and later an assistant editor of Nextbook.org, a web magazine about Jewish literature and culture (their archive can now be found on Tablet Magazine). His writing has also appeared in The Village Voice, Newsday, and The New York Sun. His essay “Rethinking Crowd Violence: Self-Categorization Theory and the Woodstock 1999 Riot” (2004) can be found in the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. He is currently working on a project about the cultural history of queer domesticity, and another comparing African-American, Jewish, and gay humor in the 1960s and 70s. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his fiancé David.

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