Grad Conference Program and Flyer Now Available!

March 21st, 2017 in grad conference.

Jump over to the Grad Conference page to grab copies of your own!


Lou Ferleger to discuss “the Anatomy of America’s Ultimate Investments”

February 22nd, 2017 in Event Details, Seminar Series.

We are excited to announce that next Wednesday, March 1, at 12:20 in room 504 of the History Department Building (226 Bay State Rd), Professor Lou Ferleger (BU) will present his paper, "The Anatomy of the Ultimate Investment."

Professor Ferleger is Professor of History and Department Chair. He is co-author of A New Mandate: Democratic Choices for a Prosperous Economy and No Gain, No Pain: Taxes, Productivity and Economic Growth as well as editor of Agriculture and National Development: Views on the Nineteenth Century. He is also co-editor of Slavery, Secession, and Southern History (2000) and, with Walter Dean Burnham and Thomas Ferguson, Voting in American Elections: The Shape of the American Political Universe Since 1788 (Academica Press, 2009).


Updated Spring 2017 Seminar Series

February 8th, 2017 in Event Details, News, Seminar Series.

Spring 2017 Schedule

Spring 2017 Seminars


Robin Scheffler to speak at APHI seminar

January 13th, 2017 in Seminar Series.

Mark your calendars for Robin Scheffler (MIT), who visits BU for the APHI Seminar Series on January 25 at 12:20. His talk is entitled, “Molecular Biologists Protest the War on Cancer: Biomedical Research and Setting the Limits of the State in the 1970s.”

Scheffler, Assistant Professor in the Science, Technology, and Society Program at MIT, is an historian of the modern biological and biomedical sciences and their intersections with developments in American history. He is currently working on a project that follows the history of cancer virus research in the twentieth century from legislature to laboratory, documenting its origins and impact on the modern biological sciences. He recently edited a special issue of Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences that focuses on the history of cancer viruses. Professor Scheffler has also published in Endeavour, and the Journal of the History of Biology.


APHI Grad Conference CFP now available!

December 7th, 2016 in grad conference, Special Events.

The 2017 APHI Graduate Student Conference Call for Papers is now available. Take a look and please encourage any grad students you might know to apply!



Nicole Hemmer to visit BU

November 5th, 2016 in Seminar Series, Special Events.

We are excited to announce that Nicole Hemmer (UVA) is in town next week, November 15 & 16 for a pair of talks at BU. On Tuesday, November 15 at 6:00pm, she will be leading a graduate student professionalization workshop, Beyond the Op-Ed Page: Public Engagement in the New Media Age. Then, on Wednesday, November 16, at noon, Hemmer will present for the APHI Seminar Series, speaking about "Conservative Media, Liberal Bias, and the Origins of Balance."

Hemmer, the author Messengers of the Right, a history of conservative media in the United States, is also a contributing editor to U.S. News & World Report, where she writes a weekly column about politics and history, and a syndicated columnist for The Age in Melbourne, Australia. Her writing appears in a number of national and international publications, including the New York Times, the AtlanticThe New Republic, Politico, Vox, and the Los Angeles Times. She also co-hosts and produces Past Present, a history podcast that launched in October 2015.



APHI and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies present: Wendy Kline on “The Emergence of the Hippie Midwife”

October 14th, 2016 in Seminar Series.



kline talk

We are excited to announce that coming up Wednesday, October 26, at noon in room 504 of the History Department Building (226 Bay State Rd), Professor Wendy Kline (Purdue) will present her paper, “‘Psychedelic Birth: The Emergence of the Hippie Midwife.” The paper is a draft chapter from her book project for Oxford University Press.

Kline holds the Dema G. Seelye Chair in the History of Medicine in the Department of History at Purdue University.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, in 1998. Among numerous other publications, she is the author of  Bodies of Knowledge: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Women’s Health in the Second Wave (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and Building a Better Race: Gender, Sexuality, and Eugenics from the Turn of the Century to the Baby Boom (University of California Press, 2001).

Her current book project is entitled Coming Home: Medicine, Midwives, and the Transformation of Birth in Late-Twentieth-Century America.  Based on interviews and archival records of midwives, doctors, and health organizations, this book will be the first in-depth, historical analysis of the home birth movement in the U.S.

Thanks to WGS for co-sponsoring this event!


2016-2017 Seminar Series lineup announced!

September 11th, 2016 in Seminar Series.

We are excited to announce this year's APHI seminar series. Check out the poster and click the link below for your own copy!

APHI 2016-17 Seminar Series


DA Hellema to Present: The Global Seventies

August 14th, 2016 in Special Events.

Mark September 7 on your calendars for a very special presentation co-sponsored by BU History and APHI: Duco Hellema (University of Utrecht), "The Radical Decade: A Global History of the 1970s"!

Hellema is Professor of the History of International Relations at the University of Utrecht, and his publications include The Netherlands in the World: The Foreign Policy of the Netherlands (Spectrum, 2014) and The Netherlands and the Seventies (Boom: 2012). His presentation is a preview of his upcoming book on the Global Seventies.


Hellema poster

Upcoming book talk at Harvard Book Store: Meg Jacobs on the Seventies Energy Crisis

April 26th, 2016 in Special Events.

Tomorrow night at 7, Meg Jacobs (Princeton) is in town discussing her new book, Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s at the Harvard Book Store (1256 Massachusetts Ave in Cambridge). Click the link for a synopsis of the project as well as further details about the event: http://www.harvard.com/event/meg_jacobs/?utm_source=Meg+Jacobs+Invite&utm_campaign=MegJacobsInvite&utm_medium=email.

Jacobs is Research Scholar at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is author of Pocketbook Politics: Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America (Princeton University Press), which won the Organization of American History's 2006 prize for best book on modern politics. She also co-authored Conservatives in Power: The Reagan Years: 1981-1989 (Bedford: 2010).

Meg Jacobs