Sample Articles


The Abuses of Enchantment

Virginia Quarterly Review, 2019

Bruno Bettelheim’s Fairy-Tale Genius


Killer Queens

Lapham's Quarterly, 2018

When women ran the empire—and their history was preserved by men.

The Underclass Origins 

of the Little Black Dress

The Atlantic, 2017

The upper classes once imposed the fashion staple on their servants—then they stole it back from them.


The Ghosts of Baltimore

Salon, 2015

How plunder, violence and intimidation built a great American city.

©2018 by Shelley Puhak