vintage photo of women suffragettes

The American Political History Seminar seeks to enrich the study of politics by increasing knowledge and understanding of important topics in American history. Over the last several years, IGS has invited both well-established and junior scholars, as well as a number of journalists, to speak on a recent publication relevant to the seminar series. Faculty and graduate student participants are drawn from disciplines such as history, political science, journalism, public policy, law, and business. To maximize the benefit from the visit of each author, copies of the work to be discussed are distributed in advance to participants. It is open to students and faculty only (but not the general public). Faculty and graduate students interested in participating should contact the seminar coordinator, Mark Brilliant, Associate Professor of History, mbrill [at]

Past Events

book cover: The Code by O'Mara
Friday, September 6, 2019
12:00pm to 2:00pm
It's time to mark your calendar and place your book order for the first APHS meeting of the semester! Our session will take place at 12pm on Friday, September 6th in the Harris Room (119 Moses Hall) of the Institute for Governmental Studies. We are thrilled to welcome Margaret O'Mara from the University of Washington, who...
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
4:00pm to 6:30pm
Ira Shapiro will speak on his book, The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis. Journalists have called the U.S. Senate an empty chamber; politicians have lamented that the institution is broken—yet the Senate was once capable of greatness. Senators of the 1960s and '70s overcame southern...