Political History

Historians in the Corcoran Department of History working in political history understand it as an eternal human process of contests, cooperation, collaborations, and compromises over power and rights, broadly defined.  We study many and varied historical means for executing, exerting, and expressing power and rights. Within different temporal, spatial, cultural, and environmental constraints of historically researchable human experiences, political maneuverings occur among individuals, families, clans, tribes, ethnicities, states, cultures, nations, empires, international alliances, interest groups, and social categories based on age, class, ethnic, gender, racial, religious, and sectarian differences. Such maneuverings have sometimes been conceptualized as “elite” or “popular” in domestic settings and in terms of other binaries in global contexts.  We, however, investigate political relations as multi-layered and multi-dimensional phenomena. While we fundamentally value the power of the archives, we also appreciate and take advantage of research methodologies, tools, and theories that have been developed and deployed in other fields of history and branches of social sciences.

Faculty

Philip Zelikow
White Burkett Miller Professor of History, and Wilson Newman Professor of Governance at the Miller Center of Public Affairs
Nau 421
Office Hours: Mondays, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Themes: Economic History & History of Capitalism, Empire & Colonialism, Genocide & Violence, Intellectual History & History of Ideas, Military & War History, Political History, Transnational and Diplomatic History
Shulman
Research Professor of History, Editor of The Dolley Madison Digital Edition
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Political History, Women, Gender, & Sexuality
Liu
David Dean 21st Century Professor of Asian Studies & Professor of History
Nau 438
Office Hours: On leave Fall 2019
Themes: Political History, Race & Ethnicity, Spatial History, Frontiers, & Migration, Transnational and Diplomatic History
Kahrl
Associate Professor
282 Nau
Office Hours: Fall 2019: Wednesdays 9-11am (282 Nau) and Fridays 1:30-3:30pm (108 Minor)
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Economic History & History of Capitalism, Environmental History, Legal History, Political History, Race & Ethnicity
Horne
Associate Professor of French
317A Cabell Hall
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Empire & Colonialism, Labor History, Material Culture, Political History
Associate Professor of German and History, Director, European Studies Program, Director, Center for German Studies
Nau 255
Office Hours: MW 10:00am-12:00pm, and by appointment
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Environmental History, Genocide & Violence, Intellectual History & History of Ideas, Jewish History, Political History, Race & Ethnicity, Transnational and Diplomatic History

Graduate Student

Abeer Saha
Doctoral Candidate, Editor-in-Chief, Essays in History, Jefferson Fellow, Jefferson Scholars Foundation
Themes: Economic History & History of Capitalism, Environmental History, Political History, Science, Medicine, & Technology
Nau 296
Office Hours: Fridays, 10:00-12:00
Themes: History of Slavery, Political History
Matthew Frakes
Nau 487
Office Hours: Monday 10:00 AM–12:00 PM and by appointment
Themes: Military & War History, Political History, Transnational and Diplomatic History
Erlandson
20th Century U.S., American Political Development, American Legal History, History of Capitalism
Themes: Economic History & History of Capitalism, Legal History, Political History