American History

Seminar or event series
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In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made several changes to the seminar:

  • We will meet bi-weekly, not weekly. 
  • All seminars will be held online using Zoom. As usual they will convene on Mondays at 5:00pm. Because Zoom can be fatiguing, we are shortening the seminars from 120 to 90 minutes. The Zoom login details for each seminar will be made available via email to the Cambridge Americanist email list a week before each event. If you wish to be added to the list please email a request to Jonathan Goodwin at
  • To identify best Zoom practices, we are continuing to experiment with a greater variety of formats than we normally deploy.

We will certainly miss the regularity, intensity, and intimacy of our weekly, in-person, Knox-Shaw seminars. And the wine too. But we are excited about the schedule we have assembled, and the interchanges that the seminars will generate.

All inquiries should be directed to Jonathan Goodwin,, 01223 335317.

Click here for Ruth Lawlor's paper (University of Cambridge only)

Click here for Brian DeLay's paper (University of Cambridge only)



After Trump: Historical Perspectives on What Lies Ahead.

Eric Foner, Emeritus DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University
Kenneth W. Mack, Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Margaret O'Mara, Howard & Frances Keller Endowed Professor of History, University of Washington

The Stuttgart Incident: Sexual Violence, World War II, and the Uses of History

Ruth Lawlor, Temporary University Lecturer in American History, and Junior Research Fellow, Queens' College, University of Cambridge
Commentator: Arthur Asseraf, University of Cambridge
This paper is pre-circulated (link above)

Arms Trading and the Fates of American Revolutions

Brian DeLay, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Commentator: Nicholas Guyatt, University of Cambridge
This paper will be pre-circulated (link above)

Talking History with Greg Grandin

Greg Grandin, Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History, Yale University
This is the second instalment in a series of discussions with major figures in the field

At a glance

Lent Term
Mondays at 5:00pm
Online: Zoom
Jonathan Goodwin
01223 335317