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All seminars are held on Mondays at 5:00 PM in the Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College, unless otherwise indicated.

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


Michaelmas Term


9 October:

Gareth Davies, Associate Professor of American History and Fellow of St Anne’s College, University of Oxford

How Black Suffering Became Visible: The Racial Politics of Gulf Hurricanes Since 1945

Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper


16 October:

Max Edling, Reader in Early American History, King’s College, London

Peace Pact and Nation: The U.S. Constitution as a Federal Treaty

Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper


21 October (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge), 8:55am to 7:00pm:

Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS) Post-Graduate Conference: Contesting Power: Rights, Justice, and Dissent in America and Beyond

Keynote lecture by Kerry Pimblott, Lecturer in International History, University of Manchester

For further details see the website:

Or contact the conference organiser, Katherine Ballantyne: (


23 October: 

Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, Columbia University

The Chinese Question and Global Politics 1850-1910

Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper

(This will be a joint seminar with World History)


30 October (Bateman Auditorium, Gonville and Caius College), 5:00pm:

Ira Katznelson, 2017-18 Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, University of Cambridge, and Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University

Pitt Professor Inaugural Lecture:

'As God Rules the Universe': Tocquevillean Reflections on the People and the State in Early America 

(This will be a joint event with Political Thought and Intellectual History)

There will be a wine reception after the lecture in the Bateman Room, Gonville and Caius College


6 November: 

Glenda Gilmore, Peter V & C Vann Woodward Professor of History, Yale University

’The Mystery That Is Left Out of History:’ Romare Bearden’s Art and the Search for an African American Past 


13 November (British Academy, London), 9:00am– 8:00pm: 

British Academy Symposium: The United States and World War One: Exploring Political, Economic and Cultural Entanglements 

Gary Gerstle is the symposium co-organiser. CAHS participants are encouraged to attend.

This symposium will be held at the British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

For further details please visit the website:


20 November:

Carl Nightingale, Professor of Transnational Studies and American Studies, University of Buffalo

From a Global History of Divided Cities to a Global Urban History


27 November:

Julia Guarneri, Lecturer in American History and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge

Book Launch: Newsprint Metropolis: City Papers and the Making of Modern Americans (University of Chicago Press, 2017)


Lent Term


22 January:

Jonathan Levy, Professor of History, Fundamentals and the College, University of Chicago

The Golden Years? US Capitalism and the Politics of Income after WWII

Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper


29 January: 

Elliott West, Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History, University of Oxford, and Distinguished Professor of History, University of Arkansas

Coincidence and Empire: The United States and the Pacific


5 February: 

Emma Hart, Senior Lecturer in History, St Andrews University

Remaking the Public Good in the American Marketplace during the Early Republic 

Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper


12 February:

Molly Geidel, Lecturer in American Cultural History, University of Manchester

Mid-Century Liberalism and the Development Film

Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper


19 February:

Rhys Jones, Junior Research Fellow, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge

Temporal Claustrophobia at the Continental Congress, 1774-1776

26 February: 

Jennifer Luff, Associate Professor of Modern American History, University of Durham

Secrets, Lies, and the 'Special Relationship' in the Early Cold War

Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper


5 March:

Alex Goodall, Senior Lecturer in History, University College London 

The US Marine Empire in the Caribbean and Central America, c.1870-1920


12 March: 

Beverly Gage, Professor of History and American Studies, and Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy, Yale University 

G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the American Century

Easter Term


30 April:

Lizabeth Cohen, Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Harvard University

Biography as History: How Far Can a Life Take You?


7 May:

Nathan D.B. Connolly, Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History, John Hopkins University

What’s Yours is Mine: Family and Property in an Age of Landgrabbing


14 May:

Ira Katznelson, 2017-18 Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, University of Cambridge, and Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University

Fear and Democracy: Responding to Carl Schmidt


21 May:

American History Graduate Student Conference 

Details to come


Summer Event


13-14 July:

Work and Politics in the Twenty-First Century

International Conference at the University of Cambridge

Details to come


2017-2018 programme - print version


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 Archive Seminars

Easter Term 2017 programme 

Lent term 2017 programme

Michaelmas term 2016 programme

Easter term 2016 programme 

Michaelmas and Lent term 2016

Easter Term 2015 programme 

Lent term 2015 programme

Michaelmas term 2014 programme

Easter term 2014 programme

Lent term 2014 programme

Michaelmas term 2013 programme

Easter term 2013 programme

Lent term 2013 programme

Michaelmas term 2012 revised programme

Michaelmas term 2012 programme





New joint degrees start October 2017

Funding Notices

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships (internal deadline, 21st August 2017)

Full information on this scheme is available on the Faculty website HERE. Although the scheme will not be opened by the British Academy (BA) until c.23rd August, institutions are directed to run internal selection competitions in advance. The relevant page of the BA website is HERE. Funding is available for early career scholars to join an institution of their choice (subject to the host’s agreement) for three years plus research expenses. The BA will award up to 45 Fellowships nationally