Derek is an opinions columnist for the Herald. He is from Boston, Massachusetts, and is a History and Economics concentrator. At Brown, he works as a volunteer tutor for Swearer Classroom Program and College Advising Corps. He can often be found on the fourth floor of the Rock.

Articles by Derek Simshauser (13)

Simshauser ’20: Agnès Varda’s call for dignity

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Simshauser ’20: Agnès Varda’s call for dignity

April 2, 2019 0 comments

There’s a scene in “Faces Places,” Agnès Varda and JR’s 2017 documentary of their trip around rural France, where they meet a woman in an abandoned public housing project.

Simshauser ’20: The dangerous banality of Andrew Wheeler

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Simshauser ’20: The dangerous banality of Andrew Wheeler

March 11, 2019 0 comments

I first visited Yosemite National Park when I was six years old. Small in stature, I was a precocious asthmatic. I spent my early years in the smoggy metropolis of Los Angeles, with scant opportunities to take a deep breath.

Simshauser ’20: For Democrats, a return to labor

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Simshauser ’20: For Democrats, a return to labor

February 13, 2019 0 comments

As the crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls grows ever larger, and candidates attempt to distinguish themselves, their decisions inevitably augur the ideologies that will be prominent during the primaries.

Simshauser ’20: The government’s natural disaster

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Simshauser ’20: The government’s natural disaster

February 5, 2019 0 comments

Hardly a week has passed since President Trump agreed to a stopgap deal to reopen the government, ending the prolonged 35-day shutdown at least for a brief spell. An unmitigated political and practical disaster, Trump’s accession has done little to slow his rising disapproval ratings.

Simshauser ’20: A retreat from the center

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Simshauser ’20: A retreat from the center

November 18, 2018 0 comments

As the final provisional ballots from the 2018 midterm elections are counted, and the forecasted Democratic wave in the House becomes more precise (most likely a gain of at least 37 seats), the electoral significance can be parsed.

Simshauser ’20: The fantasy of voter fraud, the reality of voter suppression

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Simshauser ’20: The fantasy of voter fraud, the reality of voter suppression

November 5, 2018 0 comments

When polls for the midterm elections close tomorrow, the significance of the results will be placed within the parameters of national politics. “Will the House accelerate the Russia investigations?” “Has the Republican hold on the Senate come to an end?” “Can Democrats halt the Trump agenda?”

Simshauser ’20: A virtuous cycle

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Simshauser ’20: A virtuous cycle

October 24, 2018 0 comments

An empty road. No, not empty. A metallic flash of red whirs by, unabated by kinetic friction, gone in an instant. The landscape’s hues begin to desaturate. That is, until another radiant vehicle inevitably zips past.

Simshauser ’20: Can progressive values flip Texas?

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Simshauser ’20: Can progressive values flip Texas?

October 8, 2018 0 comments

With the 2018 midterm elections less than a month away, much of the optimism for Democrats has been focused on the House of Representatives.

Simshauser ’20: In a deeply red state, a blueprint for Democrats

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Simshauser ’20: In a deeply red state, a blueprint for Democrats

September 23, 2018 0 comments

As the state of national politics devolves into tribally structured warfare, statewide elections have become easy to map along party lines.

Simshauser ’20: A split in the Rhode for Democrats

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Simshauser ’20: A split in the Rhode for Democrats

September 11, 2018 0 comments

The past two years have been fraught for Democrats. In the aftermath of the calamitous 2016 presidential election, ideological fissures within the party have widened as progressive insurgents have found traction in recent months.