“Enlightenment from Below: Pirates and Radical Democracy in Madagascar,” The Nation, March 18, 2023.
“Staughton Lynd’s Radicalism from Below,” The Nation, November 23, 2022
“Reflections in History from Below,“ published in Trashumante: Revista Americana de Historia Social (Colombia), July 31, 2022.
“Escaping Slavery by Sea in Antebellum America: A Labor History,” published in Portuguese and English in Mundos do Trabalho (Brazil), June 2022.
- “Serendipity in the Archives: Or, a lost freedom story I found while looking for something else,” published in Public Seminar, August 25, 2021 (available in Spanish here).
- “The Forgotten Prophet” published in Aeon Magazine, May 2018. (This article is a revised version of the James A. Field, Jr. Lecture in American History at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania on 11 October 2017.)
- “Remembering Jesse Lemisch, Radical Historian,” The Nation, September 6, 2018.
- “You’ll Never Be as Radical as This 18th-Century Quaker Dwarf,” New York Times (August 2017)
- “Spinning a Yarn,” from Outlaws of the Atlantic, published in the Utne Reader (October 2014)
- “Motley Crews and the Crucible of Culture: The Art of Frantz Zéphirin,” Beacon Broadside (August 12, 2014)
- “The Poetics of History from Below,” Perspectives on History (published by the American Historical Association), September 2010 (available in Spanish here).
- “Inside Auburn Prison,” Counterpunch, September 3, 2009
- “Notes on a Visit to the Favelas of Medellín,” Counterpunch, September 13, 2008
- “America’s Dark Page,” The American Scholar (Autumn 2008).
- Atonement for Slave Trade, Los Angeles Times, January 21, 2008
- “Slavery: A Shark’s perspective: A strange text sheds new light on the true roots of abolition,” Boston Globe, September 27, 2007.
- “No more slaves: Abolishing slavery, then or now, requires broad social movements; it cannot be left to the grace of a few great men,” Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Sunday Forum, Sunday, April 29, 2007.
- With co-author Michael F. Jiménez, “What is Atlantic History?” CPAS Newsletter: The University of Tokyo Center for Pacific and Asian Studies (October 2001).
- “Jesse Lemisch and History from the Bottom Up,” published as a preface to Jack Tar vs. John Bull: The Role of New York’s Seamen in Precipitating the Revolution (New York: Garland Publishing, 1997).
- With co-author with Peter Linebaugh, “The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, and the Atlantic Working Class in the Eighteenth Century,” Journal of Historical Sociology, 3(1990).
- “Good Hands, Stout Heart, and Fast Feet: The History and Culture of Working People in Early America,” Labour/Le Travailleur 10 (1982).