As President Barack Obama winds down his eight years in the White House and President-elect Donald Trump prepares to be inaugurated on Friday, TIME History asked a variety of experts to weigh in on a question: How do you think historians of the future will talk about on his time in Office? Where will he fit in the ranks of presidents past?
As a scholar of U.S. history, I have studied the many cases in which presidential nominees, particularly judges, have failed to gain Senate confirmation. However, according to the Senate Historical Office, there were four cases since 1970 in which a Senate controlled by the president’s party did not confirm the president’s nominees.
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President Mary Dudziak speaks at the SHAFR luncheon at the American Historical Association Meeting in Denver, January 2017.
Stephen Wertheim at the University of Cambridge writes in Foreign Affairs on "Trump and American Exceptionalism: Why a Crippled America Is Something New"
Robert K. Brigham, Shirley Boskey Professor of History and International Relations, joined the Vassar College faculty in 1994. He is a specialist on the history of U.S. foreign policy, particularly the Vietnam War. Brigham is author or co-author of nine books, including Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power (PublicAffairs, 2008); Is Iraq Another Vietnam? (PublicAffairs, 2006); Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy (PublicAffairs, 1999), written with former Secretary of Defense Robert S.
Chris Dietrich's research and writing emphasize U.S. diplomatic history, the history of twentieth century American political thought, and the history of international politics. He finds particular interest in the relationship between ideas and power on global, national, and local scales. His work has covered the oil policies of the United States and the OPEC nations, U.S. national security and energy security, the political and intellectual networks of the international community, and decolonization in the Middle East and Africa.;
Historian at the Department of State and author of "Behind the Gas Mask: The US Chemical Warfare Service in War and Peace," I also edit publications for the Society for History in the Federal Government. I was formerly the history and political science teacher at the US House of Representatives Page School, and have earned fellowships from the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers. My PhD was earned at George Washington University, and my BA is from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.