Todd Estes

Todd Estes

Todd Estes is a professor and chair of the history department at Oakland University. His research concentrates on early U.S. political history and political culture, and he is the author of The Jay Treaty Debate, Public Opinion, and the Evolution of Early American Political Culture (2006). He is currently researching a book on the ratification debate, tentatively entitled "The Campaign for the Constitution: Political Culture and the Ratification Contest." He has won a couple of teaching prizes, including the Oakland University Teaching Excellence Award.

Lectures

  • "Huggermuggered and Suppressed": Hardball Politics and the Ratification of the Constitution
  • From Celebrated Hero to Dangerous Outcast: Thomas Paine's Journey and the Course of Early American Democracy
  • How Politics Worked 200 Years Ago and How It Compares to Politics Today
  • James Madison and the Constitution: A Case of Reluctant Paternity?
  • Populism, Pseudo-Populism, and the Enduring Appeal of Both Forces in U.S. Political Culture over Time *
  • The 2016 Presidential Election and the Transformation of the Blue State—Red State Electoral Map: Retrospect and Prospect *
  • The Jay Treaty Debate and the Evolving Culture of Politics in the Early Republic
  • Why The Federalist Papers Are Overrated: Putting an American Classic Back into Historical Context


Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.