Session of the Week: Historians and the Obama Narrative

annual meeting sessionIn an effort to highlight the diverse range of scholarship at the upcoming 126th annual meeting, we’re highlighting different sessions here on the blog each week. Today we point to session 101-A: Historians and the Obama Narrative, which will be chaired by AHA Executive Director James Grossman.

Each of the panelists for this session have researched and produced scholarly works on President Obama. Dianne Pinderhughes’ presidential address for APSA, “The Challenge of Democracy: Explorations in American Racial Politics,” was delivered the same night Obama spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Peniel E. Joseph is author of Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama, James Kloppenberg wrote Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition, and Thomas J. Sugrue has published Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race.

The session details are noted below.

Historians and the Obama Narrative
(AHA Session 101-A)
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2012, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Location: Chicago Ballroom VII (Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers)
Chair: James Grossman, American Historical Association

  • Peniel E. Joseph, Tufts University
  • James Kloppenberg, Harvard University
  • Dianne Pinderhughes, University of Notre Dame
  • Thomas J. Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania

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  1. Ian Reifowitz

    I look forward to this panel very much. My own book, _Obama’s America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity,” is being published by Potomac Books in June/July 2012. The book offers an analysis of Obama’s rhetoric on American national identity. Feel free to contact me at for more information.

    Ian Reifowitz
    Associate Professor, History
    S.U.N.Y.-Empire State College