James Marshall Crotty has written about himself and America for nearly three decades and through various media incarnations. However, he is best known as the co-founder of Monk: the Mobile Magazine, which, from 1986-1998, he peripatetically published from the dashboard of his 26-foot motorhome (“The Monkmobile”). Via Monk Magazine, Crotty and his fellow “Monk” Michael Lane pioneered “the mobile office” (Portable Computing Magazine) and invented “dashboard publishing” (Factsheet Five), accruing enormous fame along the way (The New York Times, The BBC, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Wired, Der Stern, NHK, and thousands more).
Crotty’s was hired as the Forbes education columnist from 2011-2015. At Forbes, Crotty became well versed in not only the acclaimed Forbes publishing model, but he also became a widely followed expert in the rapidly evolving field of education and edtech. Crotty was one of the first journalists to write about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). He also lead the way in exposing abuses at for-profit colleges, as well as cheating scandals in school districts like Atlanta. Most important, in an age of STEM-obsessed careerism, Crotty is an articulate evangelist for a liberal arts education – grounded in a deep reading and discussion of the classics – as the best preparation for a 21st century high-tech, innovation-driven global economy.
Crotty is currently an independent politics, culture and travel columnist for The Huffington Post. In addition, he remains an active partner in L.A.-based Monk. He leads and attends great books discussion groups and education panels around the world, and gives speeches for hire around the themes of liberal arts, cultural capital, and “creating a life worth living.”
James Crotty’s pioneering work in transforming young at-risk men of color into what Crotty terms “academic athletes” inspired him to create a documentary about debate, mentorship, and surrogate family, called Crotty’s Kids.