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American History Subject Group Recent Activities

Scholarly Publications

Jane Dinwoodie

"The Long War: Remaking Indigenous Sovereignties in the Civil War South," in Frank Towers and Jewel Spangler (eds), Remaking North American Sovereignty: Towards a Continental History of State Transformation in the 1860s, (New York: Fordham University Press, forthcoming 2019)

Bronwen Everill

"'All The Baubles That They Needed':'Industriousness' and Slavery in Saint-Louis and Gorée, Early American Studies; An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 15 No. 4, (Fall 2017)

With Matthew Hilton, Emily Baughan, Eleanor Davey, Kevin O’Sullivan, Tehila Sasson "History and Humanitarianism: A Conversation," Past & Present, Volume 241, Issue 1, 1 November 2018, Pages e1–e38

Gary Gerstle

Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017) Paperback edition; Spanish translation, Libertad y coerción: la paradoja del gobierno americano (Tlalpan, Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2017)

American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century (updated with a new chapter on the Age of Obama, 2000-2016) (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017)

‘The Rise and Fall (?) of America’s Neoliberal Order’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 28 (December 2018), 241-64

 ‘Spaces of Exception in American History’, co-authored with Desmond King, in Gary Gerstle and Joel Isaac, eds., States of Exception in American History (University of Chicago Press, 2020)

‘Race, Ethnicity, and Democracy in the Twentieth Century’, co-authored with Saul Dubow, in Eugenio Biagini and Gary Gerstle, eds., A Cultural History of Democracy in the Modern Age (Bloomsbury 2020)

 ‘America’s Neoliberal Order’, in Gary Gerstle, Nelson Lichtenstein, and Alice O’Connor, Beyond the New Deal Order (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019)

 ‘Civic Ideals, Race, and Nation in the Age of Obama’, in Julian Zelizer, ed., The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment (Princeton University Press, 2018), 261-280

‘The Reach and Limits of the Liberal Consensus’, in Robert Mason and Iwan Morgan, eds., The Liberal Consensus Reconsidered: American Politics and Society in the Postwar Era (University of Florida Press, 2017), 52-66

Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People, co-authored with John Murrin, Pekka Hamalainen, Denver Brunsman, Paul Johnson, James McPherson, Alice Fahs, Emily Rosenberg, and Norman Rosenberg (Cengage, 7th enhanced edition, 2019)

Julia Guarneri

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

“Progressive Political Culture and the Widening Scope of Local Newspapers, 1880-1930,” in Bruce Schulman and Julian Zelizer, eds., Media Nation: The Political History of News in Modern America, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017), 36-49.

“Popular Culture.” A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, eds. Christopher McKnight Nichols and Nancy Unger (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017), 190-203. 

Nick Guyatt

Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened American Invented Segregation, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016)

Ira Katznelson (2017-18 Pitt Professor)

With David Bateman and John S. Lipinski, Southern Nation: Congress and White Supremacy after Reconstruction, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018)

Andrew Preston

American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction, (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019) 

Outside In: The Transnational Circuitry of U.S. History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017) (co-editor, with Doug Rossinow)

Faithful Republic: Religion and Politics in Modern America, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) (co-editor, with Bruce J. Schulman and Julian E. Zelizer)

America in the World: A History in Documents from the War with Spain to the War on Terror (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014) (co-editor, with Jeffrey A. Engel and Mark Atwood Lawrence)

"America First in American History," Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review, 49:2 (September 2018): 34-35 

"Mann, the United States, and the World." Reviews in American History, 43:3 (September 2015): 401-410

"To Make the World Saved: American Religion and the Great War." Diplomatic History 38:4 (September 2014): 813-825. Reprinted under the same title in Beyond 1917: The United States and the Global Legacies of the Great War, ed. Thomas W. Zeiler, David K. Ekbladh, and Benjamin C. Montoya. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017



Gary Gerstle

'America: Laboratory of Democracy', The Compass on BBC World Service

Episode 1: Drowning Government in a Bathtub (29 October 2017)

Episode 2: Money - The Lifeblood of American Democracy (5 November 2017)

Episode 3: Little Leviathans (12 November 2017)

Episode 4: Insurgent Nation (19 November 2017)

Rhys Jones

"Superfast Politics", BBC Radio 4 (8 December, 2017, 11:00am)

Andrew Preston

"The War That Wasn't Needed." The New Statesman, (21-27 September 2018: 58-61) 

"President Trump Claims National Security Requires Tariffs. That's Not as Strange as It Sounds." The Washington Post, (17 August 2018)

"Will Trump Be Nixon in China?" The New Republic, (11 June 2018)

"Wie die Friedensbewegung in den ewigen Krieg führte." Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Zurich), (21 April 2018)

"The Vital Centre." TLS, (16 March 2018: 27) 

"The Rise and Fall of Great Powers." The Globe & Mail (Toronto), (30 December 2017: O3)

"The Tet Offensive Rocks South Vietnam." BBC World Histories, (October/November 2017: 32-37) 

"Beware the Kaiser Chiefs" (with Chris Clark). The New Statesman, (28 October 2016: 32-35)



Julia Guarneri

20 February 2018 - "Womanly Chit-Chat?: Women's pages in US Newspapers 1870-1930" at Rothermere American Institute Seminar, University of Oxford

12-14 April 2018 - “Delivering Local News via Mass Media: The Hearst Newspaper Chain, 1910-1930,” Organization of American Historians, Sacramento

24 October 2018 - Panel member for the talk: "What Can Art Do? Richard Pousette-Dart: Art, Culture, Conflict in 1940s/50s America" at Kettle's Yard, 6:15-7:45pm


Grants and Prizes

Gary Gerstle

2016 Ellis W. Hawley Prize given by Organization of American Historians for best book on political economy, politics, or institutions of the US. Awarded for Liberty and Coercion:

Julia Guarneri

2018 Eugenia M. Palmegiano Prize in the History of Journalism for her book Newsprint Metropolis: City Papers and the Making of Modern Americans (Univ. of Chicago Press)

Ira Katznelson (2017-18 Pitt Professor)

Honorary Doctorate of Letters, awarded June 2018

Robert Lee

2018 Bolton-Cutter Award from the Western History Association for the article "Accounting for Conquest: The Price of the Louisiana Purchase of Indian Country," Journal of American History (March 2017)

Betty Wood

Honorary Foreign Member of the American Historical Association, awarded 2018


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