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All seminars are held on Mondays at 5:00 PM. Due to construction at Sidney Sussex College, the location of the seminar will move around more than usual. A majority of seminars will still be held in the Knox Shaw Room or the Old Library of Sidney Sussex College; a substantial minority will be held in the Boardroom, Faculty of History, West Road. Two seminars, jointly sponsored with Political Thought and Intellectual History, will be held at Trinity College venues. About half the seminars will be based on pre-circulated papers, which will be made available two weeks prior to the seminar date.

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


Lent Term


21 January (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):

Naomi Lamoreaux, 2018-19 Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, University of Cambridge, and Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics and History, Yale University

Monopolies in U.S. History: From Standard Oil to Google

This paper will be pre-circulated - download here

Commentator: Noam Maggor, Queen Mary, University of London


28 January (Boardroom, Faculty of History): 

Tom Arnold-Forster, Junior Research Fellow, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge

Democracy and Culture at the Scopes Trial


4 February (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):

Barbara D. Savage, 2018-19 Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History, University of Oxford and Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought, University of Pennsylvania

Beyond Illusions: War, Imperialism, and Race in Merze Tate’s International Thought 

This paper will be pre-circulated - download here - Raven password needed

Commentator: Merve Fejzula, University of Cambridge


11 February (Boardroom, Faculty of History):

Karine Walther, Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University, Qatar

Spreading the Faith: American Missionaries, ARAMCO and the Birth of the US-Saudi Special Relationship, 1889-1955


18 February (Old Combination Room, Trinity College):

Andrew Hartman, Professor of History, Illinois State University

Karl Marx and the Cycles of American Capitalism

This is a joint session with Political Thought and Intellectual History

25 February (Boardroom, Faculty of History):

Kate Masur, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University 

State Sovereignty and Migration Before Reconstruction

This paper will be pre-circulated - download here - Raven password needed

Commentator: Emma Teitelman, University of Cambridge


4 March (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):

Susan L. Carruthers, Professor of American Studies, University of Warwick

Inventing the 'Dear John': Romance, Rupture, and Recuperation in World War II America

This paper will be pre-circulated - download here - Raven password needed

Commentator: Andrew Preston, University of Cambridge


11 March (Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex College):

David W. Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History, and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale University

Book Launch: Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2018)


Easter Term 

29 April (Boardroom, Faculty of History):

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


6 May (Boardroom, Faculty of History):

Michell Chresfield, Lecturer in United States History, University of Birmingham

It's in the Blood: Physical Anthropology, Genetics, and the Making of America's Triracial Isolates, 1950-1960


13 May (Boardroom, Faculty of History):

Ari Kelman, Chancellor’s Leadership Professor of History, University of California, Davis

For Liberty and Empire: How the Civil War Bled Into the Indian Wars

This paper will be pre-circulated


20 May (Boardroom, Faculty of History):

Brooke L. Blower, Associate Professor of History, Boston University

Gibraltars of the Pacific: The Road to Pearl Harbor Retold

This paper will be pre-circulated


2018-2019 programme - print version 


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 Archive Seminars

2017-2018 programme - print version

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