American Historical Association Adds a Plenary Session on the 2016 Election


If you are in Denver this weekend for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association you might be interested in attending a new plenary session recently added to the schedule.

On January 7, 2016 at 8:30pm historians David Bell (Princeton), David Greenberg (Rutgers), Leah Wright-Rigueur (Harvard), Vicki Ruiz (Irvine) and Tyler Stovall (Santa Cruz) will serve on a panel titled “Election 2016: How Did We Get Here and What Does It Mean?”  The session will take place in Centennial Ballroom D of the Hyatt Regency.

Bell is a historian of modern France, so I imagine that he will be discussing the response to the election in Europe.

Greenberg is a U.S. presidential historian.

Wright-Rigueur is a historian of political history and African American history.

Ruiz‘s work focuses on 20th century United States history with a specialization in Chicana and Latina history.

Stovall, like Bell, is a historian of modern France.

I am sure all of these historians will have wise and insightful things to say about the election.  It does strike me, however, that there is no one on the panel who specializes in religion and American politics.  I think it is hard to understand Trump without understanding the religious convictions of his supporters.