Virtual American Political History Conference

Hosted by Dr. Keith L. Dougherty, Dan Carpenter, and Jeremy Pope

Friday, January 29

Department of Political Science
School of Public and International Affairs
University of Georgia

About the Conference

The University of Georgia is pleased to announce a virtual conference on American Political History.  Topics examined in this conference include studies of the effects of parties on political decision making, how Congressional decisions were made in early twentieth century, and the unequal application of civil law toward minority women, among many others.  Authors have utilized a variety of methods including archival and descriptive work to research based on formal theoretic techniques and data analytics.  Periods range from the U.S. Constitutional Convention in 1787 to more recent studies of the South, 1992 to 2018.

The aim of the conference is to help us better understand the variety of topics and approaches used to study American political history and their practical value for contemporary politics.

The conference will be hosted by Dr. Keith Dougherty of the University of Georgia, Dr. Dan Carpenter of Harvard University, and Dr. Jeremy Pope of Brigham Young University.

Participants and Agenda

PANEL 1, 9:00-10:30 am (EASTERN TIME)

Chair: Dan Carpenter (Harvard).

Dan Carpenter (Harvard), “Democracy by Petition.”

             Discussant: Jamila Michener (Cornell).

Chloe Thurston (Northwestern) and Emily Zackin (Johns Hopkins), “Debt Relief and American Political Development.”

             Discussant: Dan Carpenter (Harvard).

Jeremy Pope (BYU) and Shawn Treier (ANU), “Founding Factions: How Majorities Shifted and Aligned to Shape the U.S. Constitution.”

             Discussant: Ruth Rubin (Chicago).

Kate Krimmel (Barnard), “The Rise of Programmatic Partisanship in the United States.”

             Discussant: Jeremy Pope (BYU).


PANEL 2, 10:45 am -12:15 pm (EASTERN TIME)

Chair: Jeremy Pope (BYU).

Seth McKee (Oklahoma State) and Trey Hood (UGA), “Rural Voters in Southern U.S. House Elections.”

             Discussant: Kate Krimmel (Barnard).

Keith Dougherty (UGA) and Grace Pittman (UGA), “Congressional Apportionment and the Fourteenth Amendment.”

             Discussant: Chloe Thurston (Northwestern).

Jamila Michener (Cornell) and Mallory SoRelle (Duke), “Unequal Protection: Politics, Policy, and Access to Civil Justice.”

             Discussant: Keith Dougherty (UGA).

Ruth Bloch Rubin (Chicago), “Go Along to Get Along?: Sam Rayburn and the Textbook Congress.”

             Discussant: Tony Madonna (UGA).