American Political History Institute Holds its 10th Annual Graduate Conference

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April 10th, 2018

Pictured above are BU alumnae Erin Shyr, PhD student at the University of Chicago and Kathryn Cramer Brownell, Associate Professor of History at Purdue University.

Pictured above are BU alumnae Erin Shyr, PhD student at the University of Chicago, and Kathryn Cramer Brownell, Associate Professor of History at Purdue University.

The 10th Annual American Political History Institute Graduate Conference was held April 6-7, 2018 at Boston University. Eighteen panelists representing seventeen institutions across the United States and Europe presented work exploring the horizons of the field, particularly the myriad ways that politics and public policy structure everyday life. This year’s $1,000 outstanding submission prize went to Ben Zdencanovic of Yale University for his paper, “‘It Would Be a Strange Paradox’: U.S. Global Economic Power and British Welfare State-Building, 1945 – 1951.”

To mark the tenth anniversary, organizers of the inaugural APHI Graduate Student Conference returned for a special roundtable panel on the state of the field, how political history engages with public discourse in American politics, and its unique position at the intersection of the past and present. Panelists included Kathryn Cramer Brownell of Purdue University, Leah Wright Rigueur of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Lily Geismer of Claremont McKenna College.