Grad Conference

Welcome to the APHI grad conference page, where you can find information about the 10th Annual Graduate Student Conference in American Political History, including a program of events, conference flyer, and conference papers (password protected) once they become available. This year’s theme is “Political History Now” and will feature a keynote panel discussion.


Political History Now

“Political History Now”

The reinvigoration of political history and its blending of politics, social, and cultural analysis has emerged as one of the most exciting areas of academic scholarship in the past quarter century. For the tenth anniversary of the Boston University American Political History Graduate Conference, we seek papers that explore the horizons of this ever-growing field.

Paying close attention to the way that politics and public policy structure everyday life, the APHI invites scholars to present work that engages in analysis of policy as well as the interconnectedness of personal networks and political endeavors, with an eye on the horizon: constructions of policy communities, political networks, personal relationships, and national and international connections at critical junctures in U.S. history.

The most outstanding submission will receive the APHI Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Prize, a $1,000 award. All presenters must be current graduate students, and distinguished faculty will serve as commentators for each panel.

To mark the tenth anniversary, the organizers of the inaugural APHI Graduate Student Conference will return for a special roundtable panel on the state of the field, how political history engages with public discourse in American politics, and its unique position at the intersection of the past and present. Panelists include Kathryn Cramer Brownell of Purdue University, Leah Wright Rigueur of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Lily Geismer of Claremont McKenna College.

Individual paper or panel proposals should be submitted in the form of a 300-500 word abstract by Friday, January 26, 2018. Please include a one-page C.V. along with your proposal, and send via email to David Shorten at

Travel Information

Transportation to Boston

Boston University is located on the “B” Green line near Kenmore Square.  The MBTA extensively covers the Boston metropolitan area, making travel around the city and its suburbs easy and quick.  For a map and more information see:

By Plane: 

Boston University is easily accessible from Logan Airport by the Metro System.  Once you arrive in at Logan, take a shuttle labeled “Blue Line” to the blue line metro station and get on an inbound train.  Take the inbound train to the “Government Center” stop and there you will switch to the green line.  Take the “B” Green line outbound, this line will be labeled destination “Boston College.”   Take this train to the Boston University East Exit.

By train or bus:

Boston University is easily accessible from South Station, where both trains and buses arrive.  A variety of bus and train lines travel to Boston from New York, Providence, and many other cities.  Once you arrive at South Station, get on the red metro line and take two stops to Park Street Station.  There you will switch to the green “B” line outbound to Boston College.  Take this train to the Boston University East Exit.

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