The Monkey Cage is a site about political science and politics that I helped to found in 2007. It was originally a group blog including David Park, the late Lee Sigelman, and me. It grew into a larger group blog that included Henry Farrell, Andrew Gelman, Joshua Tucker, and Erik Voeten and occasionally featured guest posts by other political scientists. As the site’s visibility increased, it won accolades: it was named 2010 Blog of the Year by The Week and a 2012 Best Blog by Time.
In September 2013, TMC began publishing its content at the Washington Post‘s website. The site has since grown in many respects. There is a larger editorial team, including not only political scientists but professional editors. I currently serve as the Editor-in-Chief. There is a broader base of contributors now numbering in the thousands. There are millions of readers who have viewed the site more than 100 million times in its history.
There is also generous foundation support from the Democracy Fund, the Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative, the Carnegie Corporation, the MacArthur Foundation, the New Venture Fund, and George Washington University.
Despite these changes, the TMC mission has not really changed: “to connect political scientists and the political conversation by creating a compelling forum, developing publicly focused scholars, and building an informed audience.”
“The Political Scientist as a Blogger.” PS: Political Scientist and Politics 44(2): 267-271.
“How Political Science Can Help Journalism (and Still Let Journalists Be Journalists).” 2011. The Forum 9(1), Article 2. With Brendan Nyhan.
“Building a Political Science Public Sphere with Blogs.” 2010. The Forum 8(3), Article 10. With Henry Farrell.