“Small Islands, Great Depression: Jamaica and Barbados, 1932-1939,” Colloquium with Oxford Junior Research Fellow Michael Joseph | 01/29/2021

The first of three Spring 2021 trans-Atlantic visitors, Dr. Michael Joseph, M.G. Brock Junior Research Fellow at University of Oxford (Corpus Christi College), will revisit the period of labor unrest and economic depression in 1930s Jamaica and Barbados to draw out the forms of anti-colonial nationalism that evolved in Caribbean politics during this time. The […]

“‘A terror to others’: Thomas Jefferson’s Quiet Campaign Against the Slave Trade, 1801-1807,” Contextualizing Jefferson Colloquium with Andrew J. B. Fagal (Thomas Jefferson Papers) and Craig Hollander (College of New Jersey) | 02/05/2021

For the second installment in our new “Contextualizing Jefferson” Colloquium Series, Andrew J. B. Fagal, Associate Editor of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, and College of New Jersey Associate Professor of History Craig Hollander will examine how the Jefferson administration, along with various other institutions acting under his direct orders, waged a victorious campaign against […]

“Lincoln, the Founding, and the Challenge of Self-Government,” Colloquium with Washington and Lee Professor of Politics Lucas Morel | 02/12/2021

In a talk delivered on Lincoln’s Birthday (Feb. 12), Lucas Morel, John K. Boardman, Jr. Professor of Politics and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University, will examine Lincoln’s political thought through the lens of how it was influenced by the principles of the U.S. Founding and the structures and political practices […]

“Undermining Marriage: White Supremacy and the Black Family,” Black History Month Lecture with Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies Executive Director Jacqueline C. Rivers | 02/18/2021

As part of 2021 Black History Month programming at Mizzou, the Kinder Institute, in partnership with the Truman School of Public Affairs, will bring Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies Executive Director and Senior Fellow Jacqueline C. Rivers to campus (via Zoom) for a talk on the structural disadvantages and cultural patterns that […]

“The Missouri Compromise, Black Americans, and the Problem of State Citizenship in the Antebellum United States,” Colloquium with Northwestern Prof. Kate Masur | 02/19/2021

In a talk underscoring the importance of questions of state citizenship in the 19th-century U.S., Northwestern Associate Professor of History Kate Masur will unpack the national impact on antebellum politics and legal history of the debates that raged over acceptance of the proposed 1820 Missouri constitution, given its instruction that the legislature bar African Americans […]

“Misleading Myths of the Missouri Crisis,” Colloquium with RAI Senior Research Fellow Donald Ratcliffe | 02/26/2021

The second talk in a two-week double-feature on the Missouri Crisis, Rothermere American Institute Senior Research Fellow Donald Ratcliffe will challenge popular interpretations of the Missouri Compromise, arguing, among other things, that the legislation’s passage was not a result of weak-willed Northern doughfaces’ betrayal of the antislavery cause but was rather the culmination of the […]

“Viceregalism: Constitutional Crises, Heads of State, and their History in Britain and the Postcolonial World,” Colloquium with University of Edinburgh’s Harshan Kumarasingham | 03/12/2021

The last of our trans-Atlantic visitors in the Spring 2021 semester, University of Edinburg Senior Lecturer in British Politics Harshan Kumarasingham will revisit Walter Bagehot’s 1867 writings on the function of the British monarch, specifically examining the role and rights of a Parliamentary Head of State in modern moments of crises in order to foster […]

“The Prescient Mind of James Madison,” Mini-Symposium with Profs. Alan Gibson (KICD/Cal State-Chico) and Michael Zuckert (Notre Dame) | 03/19/2021

Rebooting an event originally scheduled for Spring 2020, Kinder Institute 2019-21 Distinguished Research Fellow Alan Gibson and University of Notre Dame Nancy R. Dreux Professor Emeritus of Political Science Michael Zuckert will lead a symposium revisiting the political thought and career of James Madison. Prof. Gibson will give a talk entitled, “James Madison: Thinking Revolutionary,” […]

“The Recurring Crises of American Democracy,” Colloquium with Profs. Suzanne Mettler (Cornell) and Robert C. Lieberman (Johns Hopkins) | 03/26/2021

Co-authors Suzanne Mettler, John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions in Cornell University’s Department of Government, and Robert C. Lieberman, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, will stop by our Friday Colloquium Series to present on their August 2020 St. Martin’s Press book, Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy, an […]

“Two Views of Universal Suffrage: Anticolonial and Neoliberal,” Colloquium with University of Virginia Assistant Professor of Politics Kevin Duong | 04/09/2021

As part of our regular Friday Colloquium Series, University of Virginia Assistant Professor of Politics Kevin Duong will reconstruct and assess two competing, post-WW II utopian constructs of universal suffrage: anticolonial radicals’ conception of mass franchise as paving the way to economic democracy and “African” socialism and neoliberals economists’ counter-argument that the free market offered […]

“Rethinking the Separation of Powers,” Colloquium with McGill University Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory Jacob T. Levy | 04/16/2021

McGill University Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory Jacob T. Levy will explore two sources of dysfunction in the separation of powers as currently understood in the Constitution—the interaction of separate powers with separate parties and the growing complexity of the executive branch—arguing that the first calls for serious reform while the second demands both far-reaching […]

“Toward a Political Economy of Partisan Democracy: Patronage and Money in the Making of the Second Party System, 1825-1840,” Chapter Workshop with KICD Visiting Research Fellow Reeve Huston | 04/30/2021

An annual tradition at the Kinder Institute, Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow Reeve Huston (Duke University) will present a chapter from the book project he’s been at work on while in Columbia which examines how patronage appointments and legislative favors not only provided the labor and cash necessary to fuel a mid-19th century revival of partisan […]