Hello! I live in Athens, Ohio, and write about culture, history, and ideas for magazines, newspapers, and the Internet. I’m currently a senior editor for Slate.com.

I’d love to see your history/ideas/academia-adjacent pitches for Slate. Find details here.

I’ve also written for Aeon Magazine, the Boston Globe’s Ideas section, the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Atlantic‘s website, Topic Magazine, the Austin-American Statesman, PBS’ American Experience website, and others. You can see my favorite clips here.

I hold a Ph.D and an MA in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in American Studies from Yale University. Publications, CV, and other academic materials are available here. 

My book, Innocent Experiments: Childhood and the Culture of Public Science in the United States, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2016. Here’s the Amazon link. (Read much more about this project here.)

Over the years, I’ve done a few interviews about my background and my writing process that I’ve really enjoyed. One was with Eryn Loeb of Vela Magazine; another was with the editors of The Appendix.

You can contact me at rebecca.onion(at)slate(dot)com, or @rebeccaonion on Twitter.

The image on this site’s front page is from the Belcher Mosaic Glass Company’s 1886 catalog. I wrote about it on The Vault in 2015.