Robert S. McElvaine is Elizabeth Chisholm Distinguished Professor of Arts and Letters and Professor of History at Millsaps College. He is the author of ten books, has four more in the works, and is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the era of the Great Depression. Two of his books have been named among the “Notable Books of the Year” by the New York Times Book Review, and a third was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Los Angeles Times.
Dr. McElvaine is a winner of the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence and has received a silver medal in the national Professor of the Year program of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.. His articles and opinion pieces appear frequently in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times Book Review, and Newsweek. He has been a guest on approximately 100 television and radio programs, including NBC’s Today, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, and BBC television and radio. He blogs on the Huffington Post, and is currently completing a novel.
Professor McElvaine’s book Eve’s Seed: Biology, the Sexes and the Course of History reinterprets the human experience from evolution to the present, arguing that misperceptions of differences between the sexes have been the major motive force in history. His ideas were featured in an article in the Arts & Ideas section of the New York Times. The book has received glowing comments from both general readers and academics. A Few examples:
“As Marx turned Hegel upside down, so McElvaine overturns, among others, Aristotle, Marx, Freud, and even Darwin in showing us how biological and cultural evolution need no longer see men and women as opposites or unequal. Eve’s Seed is a revelation, engagingly and imaginatively written and . . . filled with fresh and challenging interpretations.”
– Pulitzer Prize-winning Stanford historian Carl Degler
“I find the book Eve’s Seed intriguing. It signals a significant paradigm shift.”
– Feminist pioneer Betty Friedan
“Eve’s Seed is a truly remarkable book, probably the most thought-provoking book I’ve read in years. . . . a marvelous book.”
– Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
He has lectured to enthusiastic audiences around the United States and in Russia, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, South Africa, Papua New Guinea and India on his ideas about the central influence on human history of various misconceptions and metaphors about sex that form the basis of Eve’s Seed, and a Chinese edition of the book has been published.
Dr. McElvaine is a world traveler, having been to nearly 40 countries and all continents apart from Antarctica. For the past several years, he has been leading tour groups to various interesting places around the world, including Vietnam/Cambodia, Cuba, and Greenland/Iceland.