» Tom Zoellner
Associate Professor

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of English
Tom Zoellner
Lawrence University, Bachelor of Arts
Dartmouth College, Master of Arts
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
“Pulling the Fire Alarm: The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board versus The Bully-in-Chief,” The Los Angeles Review of Books, July 18, 2017
“How a Band of Conspirators Saved Timbuktu’s Treasured Manuscripts from Al Qaeda’s Torch,” The New York Times, June 2, 2017
“The Cabin,” Maine Review, summer 2017
“Why Arizona is the Logical Place for Slumping Trump to Rally Support,” The Arizona Republic, August 21, 2017
“10 Iconic Arizona Restaurants Worth Traveling For,” Phoenix New Times (cover story), June 14, 2017
“Not Your Grandfather’s Orange County,” Orange Coast magazine, March 2017
“Is L.A. on North Korea’s Target List?” The Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2017
“When Appalachia Was Blue” The American Prospect, June 1, 2017
“The Struggle Behind the Trans-Siberian Railway,” Reconnecting Asia, The Center for Strategic and International Studies, July 5, 2017
“Why Trump Loves Arizona,” The New York Times, August 24, 2017
“Colin Dickey explores America’s haunted mansions in ‘Ghostland,’” The Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2016
“The Orange Industrial Complex,” The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, April 2016
“Best presidents not the most likeable,” The Cincinnati Enquirer, August 18, 2016
“Trinidad Prosecutor Dana Seetahal's Gangland Murder Goes Unpunished,” Miami New Times (cover story), March 1, 2016
“Proto-Trump: How Arizona Laid the Foundations for Donald Trump’s America,” Phoenix New Times (cover story), September 16, 2016
“The Calypso Killing,” Deca Stories, Kindle single, March 2, 2016
“China’s High-Speed Rail Diplomacy,” Foreign Affairs magazine, June 15, 2016
“The Art of the Plain Deal: A Report from the RNC in Cleveland,” The Los Angeles Review of Books, July 20, 2016
“Deforestation in Peacetime,” Sierra magazine, September 8, 2016
“Travel: Dispatches from Pluto, Driving Hungry and More,” The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Nov. 30, 2015
"A boatload of ideas are packed into Simon Winchester's literary cruise across Pacific Rim's recent history," The Los Angeles Times, November 20, 2016
“Airborne: An ode to the wonder of air travel, from the cockpit of a 747,” a review of Skyfaring, by Mark Vanhoenacker, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, July 5, 2015
“The Golden Muse,” The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, Spring 2015
“End of an Error,” Texas Observer magazine, May 2015
“Republicans’ 'Munich' Fallacy,” with Samuel Kleiner, The Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2015
"Why is There No Great Arizona Novel," Phoenix New Times, August 3, 2015
“The Showman,” The American Scholar magazine September 2015
“World's Top Train Routes,” Departures magazine March 2015
“The Futility of American Political Journalism,” Zocalo Public Square, April 2, 2015
“Why is Amtrak Such a Mess?” The Washington Post, May 13, 2015
“Where Criticism is Counterrevolutionary: Tania Bruguera on Cuba and the Fight for Free Speech,” The Los Angeles Review of Books, July 8, 2015
“Here’s How to End the NRA’s Stranglehold on Gun Policy,” The Washington Post, December 7, 2015
“Trash Crash Shows Killing Zone Drivers Face,” CNN.com, February 4, 2015
“Riding the Commuter Rails: An Act of Faith and Denial,” The Los Angeles Times, February 25, 2015
“Bigotry from Birth,” (book review of Our Lady of the Nile, by Scholastique Mukasonga) The Fortnightly Review (UK), October 31, 2014
"Train: Riding the Rails that Created the Modern World, from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief." (Penguin-Random House)
“Tracking Railway Histories,” The Journal of Transport History (UK), Vol. 35, No. 2, December 2014
“The Mountain that Eats Men: Dark Ecotourism in Potosi, Bolivia,” World Literature Today, May/August 2014
“The Ludowici Trap,” Oxford American, Summer 2014
“Reforming the nation’s concept of mental health,” The Riverside Press-Enterprise, June 2, 2014
“Making High-Speed Trains Work in the U.S.,” The Wall Street Journal
“Don’t Give Up on the Bullet Train, California” Los Angeles Times, February 13, 2014
“Arizona’s Love-Hate Relationship With Trains,” The Arizona Republic, March 22, 2014
“High Speed Empire,” Foreign Policy (cover story), March/April 2014
“Keystone Pipeline Better Option than Rail,” Houston Chronicle, November 14, 2014
“A Look Behind the Potential CSX-Canadian Pacific Merger,” Florida Times-Union, October 31, 2014
“Why Hollywood Loves Trains,” The Orange County Register, November 25, 2014
“Come See the Mountain: The New Frontiers of Dark Ecotourism,” Deca Stories, Kindle single, December 4, 2014
“In Train Wrecks, A Push for Safety,” CNN.com, January 29, 2014
“Tribute to Charles Bowden,” The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 1, 2014
“Red Train Rising,” Foreign Policy, December 16, 2014
“A better way to track a bomber,” Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2013
“Iran’s Landmark Nuclear Deal,” The Louisville Courier-Journal, December 19, 2013
“Imagine What Michigan Central Station Could Be With High-Speed Rail,” The Detroit Free Press, December 26, 2013
"A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America" (Viking/Penguin, January 2012)
“Desired Results: Japan,” Open Manifesto, Brisbane, Australia, Vol. 6, spring 2012.
“At Oracle and Ina: The Context of the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting,” Arizona Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Arizona, Vol. 1, Spring 2012
“Extreme Arizona,” cover story, High Country News, Feb. 20, 2012
“The Myth of the Latino Vote” The Atlantic, September 2012
“Gun Laws, Arizona and a Cowardly Mistake,” Dallas Morning News, July 26, 2012
“Giffords Shooting: The Uncertainty Factor,” lead op-ed, The Arizona Republic, Jan. 7, 2012
“Not in a Vacuum,” Tucson Weekly, Jan. 5, 2012
“Even the Shooting of a Representative Can’t Change Politics Much,” The Daily Beast, Jan. 7, 2012
“Arizona and Gabrielle Giffords, Now,” The Los Angeles Times, Jan. 11, 2012