“The Political Inclusion of Americans Abroad: History & Implications,” Colloquium with KICD Postdoc Tara Ginnane


Introducing the Pursuit of Happiness Hour community to her work, Kinder Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Thought & Constitutionalism Tara Ginnane will present her doctoral research on the history and implications for national identity and electoral outcomes of Americans abroad (see abstract below). Free and open to the public, the talk will be held on September 24 at 3:30pm in Jesse 410. A link to join the talk virtually, via YouTube live stream, is here.


Americans abroad are an important but overlooked constituency in American politics. In the first place, they are important because they have the ability to influence election outcomes. But more deeply, their political inclusion raises questions about the United States’ identity as a territorial nation. This talk will reconstruct the Congressional history of voting rights for Americans abroad. Then, it will discuss what the political inclusion of Americans abroad means for understandings of American national identity.

Tara Ginnane, 2021-24 Kinder Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Thought & Constitutionalism, received her B.A. in Jurisprudence from University of Oxford (Balliol College) with first class honors; her LL.M. from University of Chicago; and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from University of Texas at Austin, writing a dissertation on The National Membership Politics of External Voting. Her scholarship on the separation of powers has been published in Polity and she served as a teaching assistant while at UTA for classes ranging from The Supreme Court and Public Policy, to Rethinking the Founding.