Leadership

Abraham Lincoln (1864), suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (no date recorded), and civil rights activist A. Philip Randolph (1964). Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Abraham Lincoln (1864), suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (no date recorded), and civil rights activist A. Philip Randolph (1964). Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

What makes a great leader? Ask a historian.

The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program, a speakers bureau devoted to American history, features more than 80 historians who speak about a wide variety of American leaders and leadership skills.

OAH Distinguished Lecturers can offer insights on topics that include:

Click below to read more about individual speakers. To schedule a lecture or to request more information, contact the lectureship program coordinator.

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Catherine Allgor

Catherine Allgor
Massachusetts Historical Society

Gar Alperovitz

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

Eric Arnesen

Eric Arnesen
George Washington University

Raymond O. Arsenault

Raymond O. Arsenault
University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

Shana Bernstein

Shana Bernstein
Northwestern University

John H. Bracey Jr.

John H. Bracey Jr.
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Paul M. Buhle

Paul M. Buhle
Brown University (Emeritus)

Orville Vernon Burton

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

James T. Campbell

James T. Campbell
Stanford University

Clayborne Carson

Clayborne Carson
Stanford University
 Has Video Presentation

Richard Carwardine

Richard Carwardine
Oxford University (Emeritus)

William H. Chafe

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

Joseph Crespino

Joseph Crespino
Emory University

Bruce J. Dierenfield

Bruce J. Dierenfield
Canisius College and Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

Angela D. Dillard

Angela D. Dillard
University of Michigan

Todd Estes

Todd Estes
Oakland University

Candace Falk

Candace Falk
Emma Goldman Papers, University of California, Berkeley

Daniel Feller

Daniel Feller
University of Tennessee
 Has Audio Presentation

Ellen Fitzpatrick

Ellen Fitzpatrick
University of New Hampshire

Michael W. Flamm

Michael W. Flamm
Ohio Wesleyan University

Ernest Freeberg

Ernest Freeberg
University of Tennessee

Matt Garcia

Matt Garcia
Dartmouth College

Lesley J. Gordon

Lesley J. Gordon
University of Alabama
 Has Video Presentation

Laurie Green

Laurie Green
University of Texas at Austin

Michael S. Green

Michael S. Green
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Gayle Gullett

Gayle Gullett
Arizona State University (Emeritus)

Ramón Gutiérrez

Ramón Gutiérrez
University of Chicago

Steven Hahn

Steven Hahn
New York University
 Has Video Presentation

Joan Hoff

Joan Hoff
Montana State University, Bozeman

Michael K. Honey

Michael K. Honey
University of Washington Tacoma

Frederick E. Hoxie

Frederick E. Hoxie
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Emeritus)
 Has Video Presentation

Louis Hyman

Louis Hyman
Cornell University and Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

David H. Jackson Jr.

David H. Jackson Jr.
Florida A&M University

Caroline E. Janney

Caroline E. Janney
University of Virginia
 Has Video Presentation

Robert F. Jefferson Jr.

Robert F. Jefferson Jr.
University of New Mexico

Michael Kazin

Michael Kazin
Georgetown University
 Has Video Presentation

David Kennedy

David Kennedy
Stanford University (Emeritus)
 Has Video Presentation

Alex Lichtenstein

Alex Lichtenstein
Indiana University

Nelson Lichtenstein

Nelson Lichtenstein
University of California, Santa Barbara
 Has Video Presentation

Allan J. Lichtman

Allan J. Lichtman
American University

Waldo E. Martin Jr.

Waldo E. Martin Jr.
University of California, Berkeley

Maria E. Montoya

Maria E. Montoya
New York University and New York University Shanghai

Donna Murch

Donna Murch
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

David Nasaw

David Nasaw
Graduate Center, City University of New York

Richard S. Newman

Richard S. Newman
Library Company of Philadelphia

Michelle Nickerson

Michelle Nickerson
Loyola University, Chicago

Alice O

Alice O'Connor
University of California, Santa Barbara

Peter S. Onuf

Peter S. Onuf
Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello and University of Virginia (Emeritus)

Matthew Pinsker

Matthew Pinsker
Dickinson College
 Has Video Presentation

Robert A. Pratt

Robert A. Pratt
University of Georgia

Patrick Rael

Patrick Rael
Bowdoin College

Yevette Richards

Yevette Richards
George Mason University

Randy W. Roberts

Randy W. Roberts
Purdue University

Vicki L. Ruiz

Vicki L. Ruiz
University of California, Irvine (Emeritus)

Donna C. Schuele

Donna C. Schuele
California State University, Los Angeles and UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Bruce J. Schulman

Bruce J. Schulman
Boston University
 Has Video Presentation

Michael B. Stoff

Michael B. Stoff
University of Texas at Austin

Thomas J. Sugrue

Thomas J. Sugrue
New York University
 Has Audio Presentation

Patricia Sullivan

Patricia Sullivan
University of South Carolina

Robert Brent Toplin

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

Lara Vapnek

Lara Vapnek
St. John's University

Harry L. Watson

Harry L. Watson
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chad Williams

Chad Williams
Brandeis University
 Has Video Presentation

Frank J. Williams

Frank J. Williams
Supreme Court of Rhode Island

Barbara Winslow

Barbara Winslow
Brooklyn College, City University of New York (Emeritus)

Victoria W. Wolcott

Victoria W. Wolcott
University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Nan Elizabeth Woodruff

Nan Elizabeth Woodruff
Penn State University

Steven E. Woodworth

Steven E. Woodworth
Texas Christian University

Julian E. Zelizer

Julian E. Zelizer
Princeton University