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.
Thanks to all the SHAFR members who braved Denver "stock show weather" and came out to our events at the AHA in Denver!
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"
Heidi Tworek works on the history of news and international organizations. Her current book project explores how Germans exploited new wireless communications technology to overturn international news supply in the first half of the twentieth century. She manages the United Nations History Project (www.unhistoryproject.org), the premier scholarly site on the history of international organizations. Heidi has published over a dozen articles in academic venues.
Lauren Turek is an assistant professor of history at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, where she teaches courses on modern United States history, U.S. foreign relations, public history, and American religion and politics. She earned her PhD in history from the University of Virginia. A diplomatic historian by training, she has research interests in the history of U.S. foreign relations, religion, and the international human rights movement.
James Stocker is Assistant Professor of International Affairs at Trinity Washington University. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the author of Spheres of Intervention: US Foreign Policy and the Collapse of Lebanon, 1967-1976 (Cornell University Press, 2016), as well as articles in the International History Review, the Journal of Cold War Studies, the Middle East Journal, Cold War History, and other publications.