Patty Appelbaum’s Reflections on Hidden Scholars

Hi all you Hidden Scholars,

Patty has been so kind as to write up her reflections on the founding of Hidden Scholars, which she undertook back in 2012.

As I’m sure you are aware, Patty’s latest book is on St. Francis of America: How a Thirteenth-Century Friar Became America’s Most Popular Saint (2015). There are links to the book and author pages below.


If you are unable to read the pdf, just let me know and I’ll send you a copy in some other format.

Here are the book and author links:



Book page (which allows you to peek inside a little)


Author page





Thanks for all you’ve done and continue to do, Patty!


Next meetup

Please join us! Connect with other independent scholars on Thursday, July 12, at 5:00 p.m. at the Amherst Brewing Company, 10 University Drive. Ask for our reserved table.


Welcome to Hidden Scholars, a home for independent scholars in western New England, including western Massachusetts, the Five College region, the Connecticut Valley, Hartford and Brattleboro.

We are a new group for academics at the Ph.D. level or equivalent without institutional affiliations – independents, adjunct faculty members, and many others. An increasing number of credentialed, highly skilled scholars do not have full-time or tenure-track teaching appointments. Many work from home, teach at odd hours, or have no permanent office space.

Modeled on the successful organization Hidden Tech, Hidden Scholars provides a place for contact and mutual support for independent scholars. Our first goal is to provide social connections. As interest arises, members will be able to pursue professional networking, study partnerships, activism, and more.

We will hold a meetup soon. Follow this blog or sign up for the mailing list.