On Presidents and Elections

Let the OAH Distinguished Lecturers listed below 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?

Find additional OAH Distinguished Lecturers who specialize in presidential history here.


Gar Alperovitz

Gar Alperovitz
The Democracy Collaborative and University of Maryland College Park (Emeritus)

Akhil Reed Amar

Akhil Reed Amar
Yale Law School

James M. Banner Jr.

James M. Banner Jr.
Independent historian

Orville Vernon Burton

Orville Vernon Burton
Clemson University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Emeritus)

Albert Camarillo

Albert Camarillo
Stanford University
 Has Video Presentation

William H. Chafe

William H. Chafe
Duke University (Emeritus)
 Has Video Presentation

Jefferson Cowie

Jefferson Cowie
Vanderbilt University

Jonathan Earle

Jonathan Earle
Louisiana State University

Todd Estes

Todd Estes
Oakland University

Daniel Feller

Daniel Feller
University of Tennessee
 Has Audio Presentation

Paul Finkelman

Paul Finkelman
Gratz College

François Furstenberg

François Furstenberg
Johns Hopkins University
 Has Video Presentation

Michael S. Green

Michael S. Green
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Pippa Holloway

Pippa Holloway
Middle Tennessee State University

John W.  Jeffries

John W. Jeffries
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Emeritus)

Alexander Keyssar

Alexander Keyssar
Harvard University

J. Morgan Kousser

J. Morgan Kousser
California Institute of Technology

Allan J. Lichtman

Allan J. Lichtman
American University

Lisa G. Materson

Lisa G. Materson
University of California, Davis

Alice O

Alice O'Connor
University of California, Santa Barbara

Margaret O

Margaret O'Mara
University of Washington

Stephen R. Ortiz

Stephen R. Ortiz
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Ted Ownby

Ted Ownby
University of Mississippi

Leah Wright Rigueur

Leah Wright Rigueur
Harvard University

E. Anthony Rotundo

E. Anthony Rotundo
Phillips Academy Andover

Bruce J. Schulman

Bruce J. Schulman
Boston University
 Has Video Presentation

Manisha Sinha

Manisha Sinha
University of Connecticut
 Has Video Presentation

Marjorie J. Spruill

Marjorie J. Spruill
University of South Carolina (Emeritus)
 Has Video Presentation

Robert Brent Toplin

Robert Brent Toplin
University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Emeritus) and University of Virginia

Jonathan W. White

Jonathan W. White
Christopher Newport University
 Has Video Presentation

Frank J. Williams

Frank J. Williams
Supreme Court of Rhode Island

Victoria Saker Woeste

Victoria Saker Woeste
American Bar Foundation

Rosemarie Zagarri

Rosemarie Zagarri
George Mason University
 Has Video Presentation