The OAH Distinguished Lecturers listed below can help your audience put the presidential election into historical context.

How do Americans go about identifying and electing presidents?

Why do we still have an electoral college?

How have certain elections reshaped the presidency and the nation?

Why has America never had a woman president?


Joan Hoff

Modern Presidency

My last book shows how presidents seldom learn from one another and continue to make the same mistakes at least in foreign policy. Not sure this is what leadership studies programs want to hear, but I would be willing to try to show leadership connections between past and present presidents. Read More

Donna C. Schuele

The Road to Obamacare Runs through Reagan Country: The Legacy of Nixon's and Reagan's Efforts to Reshape the Supreme Court

The issue of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act has deep roots in the Supreme Court, beginning in the 1930s and running through the Court's transformation by Republican Presidents Nixon and Reagan. This lecture discusses the ways in which changes in personnel have led to changes in law...(Read More)

Julian E. Zelizer

The Legislative President: Lyndon Johnson

In this lecture, Zelizer examines President Lyndon Johnson’s flurry of legislative achievements during his first four years in office which included the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the Immigration and Nationality Act, and the War on Poverty program. Zelizer delves into the battles...(Read More)

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