The Hedgehog Review offers critical reflections on contemporary culture: how we shape it, and how it shapes us. Published three times a year by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, our journal draws on the best scholarship and thought from the humanities and social sciences to craft an interdisciplinary approach that explores and illuminates the puzzles, vexations, and dilemmas that characterize the modern predicament.

In print and on our online platform, THR Web FeaturesThe Hedgehog Review advances ideas rather than ideologies. At the same time, we recognize that questions of value are inescapably present in the effort to understand our world. If the modern age is characterized by dehumanization and alienation, the best scholarship can help us identify the sources of our malaise—and possibly suggest ways to address it.

Since 1999, The Hedgehog Review has proposed one theme and invited major thinkers from various disciplines to address such topics as the idea of hope, political mythologies, authenticity, celebrity culture, work and dignity, science and the moral life, the current crisis of attention, the precarious state of the American Dream, and the ways we think about poverty. Over the years, our journal has received numerous accolades: inclusion in The Best American Essays 2022; awards from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (Best Public Intellectual Special Edition, 2022, 2018 and 2012, and Best New Journal, 2000); Pushcart Prize finalist for 2023 (one essay) and 2019 (two essays); and finalist for a 2017 National Magazine Award. In addition to our incisive single-topic essays, each issue features brief commentaries, book reviews, photo essays, and original art. Combine all of this with a commitment to lively, jargon-free writing, and you have the formula that has made The Hedgehog Review indispensable reading for a discerning community of readers.


We welcome submissions to The Hedgehog Review. We do not accept poetry or short fiction submissions. Please email your query, pitch, or essay to submissions@hedgehogreview.com. We will do our best to respond in a timely manner, but if you have not heard from us in two weeks, please feel free to submit the piece to another publication.

We are all humans here at THR. We do not accept any AI-generated submissions of any kind; any discussion about or use of AI-generated content in your work should be clearly labeled as such and appear as a portion of a larger, human-created essay.

Regarding Delivery Delays

We make every effort to mail issues to subscribers in a timely manner but, like you, we are subject to nationwide postal delivery delays. If you feel your issue has been delayed or lost, please contact our circulation manager by email at hedgehog@virginia.edu.

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing. —Archilochus