Connect with us

Fact Check

Erik Loomis



Erik Loomis, an assistant professor of history at the University of Rhode Island, recently published a review of former Tulane University president Scott Cowen’s recent book, The Inevitable City: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and 10 Principles of Crisis Leadership, in the Boston Review.

In it, Loomis, who apparently has little understanding of the post-Katrina New Orleans landscape, attacks Cowen for promoting “disaster capitalism” (a favorite phrase of the anti-reform clique), particularly in regard to his advocacy of charter schools.

You can read my annotations on his screed in the Boston Review by clicking the link below:

Genius-annotated version of “Our Own Private Disaster | Boston Review”

Pete became involved in education reform as a 2002 Teach For America corps member in New Orleans Public Schools and has worked in various capacities at Teach For America, KIPP, TNTP, and the Recovery School District. As a consultant, he developed teacher evaluation systems and served as a strategic advisor to school district leaders in Cleveland, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He now writes about education policy and politics and lives in New Orleans.

Click to comment



RSS Feed

Subscribe to my RSS feed to get updates in your news reader. Follow


Peter C. Cook
Peter C. Cook @petercook
New Orleans, Louisiana
Education Reformer • New Orleanian • Progressive • Democrat • Proud TFA alum • Check out my new side project: @retortonline
  • 28948 Tweets
  • 2984 Following



Send this to a friend