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Jim Lehrer

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia, July 17, 2016/Nationally, July 20, 2016

Jim Lehrer is an American journalist and the executive editor and former news anchor for PBS NewsHour. He is known for his role as a frequent debate moderator during elections. Lehrer also is an author of many volumes of non-fiction and fiction, drawing from his experiences and interests in history and politics.


American Forum - American Cauldron: Race and the First Year of the Next Presidency

Michael E. Dyson, Elizabeth Hinton

May 26, 2016, 4:15PM

Michael E. DysonElizabeth Hinton

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, June 26, 2016/Nationally, June 29, 2016

Michael Dyson is a New York Times op-ed contributor, MSNBC political analyst, and a professor in the Sociology Department at Georgetown University He has been named by Ebony as one of the most influential black Americans and is the author of 17 books. His current book, The Black Presidency, is a provocative look—sharply critical at times, affirming at others—into the legacy and meaning of America's first black presidency. Photo Credit: Nina Subin

Elizabeth Hinton is an assistant professor in the Department of History and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Her research focus on the persistence of poverty and racial inequality in the 20th century united States. In her current book, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: the Making of Mass Incarceration in America she examines the implementation of federal law enforcement programs beginning in the mid-1960s that laid the groundwork for the mass incarceration of American citizens.

This event is part of…

What Now? Dialogues on Race in America: This series of American Forum episodes explores both historical and current race-related issues that have troubled the nation.

Jacob HackerPaul Pierson

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia, June 29, 2016/Nationally, June 22, 2016

Jacob S. Hacker is the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University. A Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., he is the author of The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream, The Divided Welfare State, and, with Paul Pierson, of American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led us To Forget What Made America Prosper, Prosperity; Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer—and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class; Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy. He has appeared recently on The NewsHour, MSNBC, All Things Considered, and Marketplace. Photo Credit: Harold Shapiro

Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Politics in Time, Dismantling the Welfare State?, and (with Jacob S. Hacker), American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led us To Forget What Made America Prosper; Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer—and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class; Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and The New Republic. A book signing will follow their appearance. Photo Credit: Jennifer Graham


Taming Technologies – 1:30 pm
Fellow: Jonathon Free, History, Duke University
“Redistributing Risk: The Political Ecology of Coal in Late-Twentieth Century Appalachia”
(Free is the Miller Center/Hagley Library Dissertation Fellow in Business and Politics)
Mentor: Richard White, Professor of American History, Stanford University

Fellow: Sarah Robey, History, Temple University
“Atomic America: The Expert Public and the Cold War, 1958-1963”
(Robey is the Ambrose Monell Foundation Fellow in Technology and Democracy)
Mentor: Brian Balogh, Professor of History, University of Virginia

Moderator: Bernard Carlson, Department of Science, Technology, and Society at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia


Conference Concludes – 3:00 pm


Policing Mobility– 11:45 am (Lunch Panel)

Fellow: Nora Krinitsky, History, University of Michigan
“Lawlessness in Law Enforcement: Police Violence and the Chicago NAACP Campaign Against Brutality”
Mentor: Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Associate Professor of History, University of California Los Angeles

Fellow: Sarah Seo, History, Princeton University
“Rule of Law and the Culture of Due Process”
(Seo is the Charles McCurdy Fellow in Legal History)
Mentor: David Sklansky, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Moderator: Sarah Milov, Assistant Professor of History, University of Virginia


Branding Parties and Cities – 10:00 am
Fellow: Boris Heersink, Politics, University of Virginia
“Beyond Service: National Party Organizations and Party Brands in American Politics”
Mentor: Richard Valelly, Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College

Fellow: Benjamin Holtzman, History, Brown University
“Promoting Development during Crisis: Tax Incentives and New Markets in 1970s New York”
Mentor: Suleiman Osman, Associate Professor of American Studies, The George Washington University

Moderator: Sidney Milkis, Professor of Politics and Faculty Associate at the Miller Center, University of Virginia

Conference - “2016 Spring Fellows Conference”

Michael Flamm Manuscript Review: “In the Heat of the Summer”

Michael Flamm, Garnette Cadogan, Michael Fortner, Claudrena Harold

May 12, 2016, 2:30PM

Michael FlammGarnette CadoganMichael FortnerClaudrena Harold

Michael Flamm: Chair, Department of History, Ohio Wesleyan University

Garnette Cadogan: Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and Visiting Scholar, Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University

Michael Fortner: Assistant Professor and Academic Director of Urban Studies, City University of New York

Claudrena Harold: Associate Professor of History, University of Virginia

Moderator: Andrew Kahrl, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Virginia


Fellow: Noel Anderson, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Competitive Intervention, Protracted Conflict, and the Global Prevalence of Civil War"
Mentor: Stathis Kalyvas, Professor of Political Science, Yale University

Fellow: Shannon Nix, History, University of Virginia
“Losing Nicaragua: Human Rights Politics and U.S. Attempts to Manage the Nicaraguan Revolution”
Mentor: William Schmidli, Assistant Professor of History, Bucknell University

Moderator: Todd Sechser, Associate Professor, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, University of Virginia


Fellow: Elizabeth Ingleson, History, University of Sydney
"Inadvertent Agents of Diplomacy: American Importers and the China Market During Rapprochement"
Mentor: Tim Borstelmann, Professor of History, University of Nebraska

Fellow: Sarah Coleman, History, Princeton University
“To reward the wrong way is not the American way:” Welfare, Immigrants’ Rights and the Battle Over Benefits 1990 -1997”
Mentor: David Gutiérrez, Professor of History, University of California San Diego

Moderator: Aynne Kokas, Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia and non-resident scholar in Chinese Media, Institute of Public Policy at Rice University


2016 Spring Fellows Conference

May 12, 2016 - May 13, 2016

Every year, the Miller Center Fellowship Program supports the completion of promising dissertations that employ history to shed light on American politics and public policy, foreign relations and the impact of global affairs on the United States, media and politics, and the role of the presidency in shaping American political development. 

The current Miller Center fellows will conclude their year with a spring fellowship conference.  Fellows will present their research and findings to scholars from the Miller Center and the University of Virginia.  During the conference each fellow’s dissertation is critiqued by his or her dream mentor and Miller Center and University of Virginia scholars. 

Of particular note, will be a manuscript review of the forthcoming book, In the Heat of the Summer, by noted scholar, Michael Flamm, Chair of the History Department at Ohio Wesleyan University.  The review, on Thursday, May 12, will also feature panelists Garnette Cadogan, Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and Visiting Scholar, Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University; Michael Fortner, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at City University of New York; and Claudrena Harold, Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia. The panel will be moderated by Andrew Kahrl,  Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia.

The conference is open to the public, please RSVP to Linda Winecoff at

Greg JaffeMatthew T. Sherman

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia, June 12, 2016/Nationally, June 15, 2016

Greg Jaffe has covered the White House for The Washington Post since 2009.  In 2000, he shared (with Tom Ricks) the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for a piece he did on the Pentagon while at the Wall Street Journal. He is the co-author (with David Cloud) of, The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army (Random Books, 2009).

Matthew T. Sherman is a foreign affairs analyst and specialist who has served as a senior advisor to the State Department and the U.S. military. While in the private sector, he specializes in the political economy, security dynamics and commercial markets of the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, providing analysis of the regional environment and geopolitical impact. Since September 2012, Mr. Sherman has been deployed to Afghanistan with the United States Department of Defense, serving as a senior civilian advisor to numerous operational and strategic commanders. Most recently, he was the Senior Advisor to the Resolute Support Commander, General John F. Campbell.

This event is part of…

Aftermath of the Endless War: This series of American Forum episodes examined the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and features conversations with several military, political, and diplomatic experts.

Andrew R. Highsmith

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, May 8, 2016/Nationally, May 11, 2016

Andrew R. Highsmith is an assistant Professor at the University of California-Irvine. He is a specialist in modern U.S. history with particular interest in policy, racial and economic inequalities, and public health. His first book, Demolition Means Progress: Flint, Michigan, and the Fate of the American Metropolis, explores the spatial and structural barriers to racial equality and economic opportunity in metropolitan Flint from the early 20th century to the present. An in-depth case study of the political economy of racial and economic inequality in modern America, Demolition explains how the perennial quest for urban renewal—even more than white flight, corporate abandonment, and other forces—contributed to mass suburbanization, racial and economic division, deindustrialization, and political fragmentation. 


The European Refugee Crisis: Consequences and Solutions

David Martin, Charles Benjamin, Hannah Winnick, Victoria Rietig, Fern Hauck

April 13, 2016, 3:00PM

David MartinCharles BenjaminHannah WinnickVictoria RietigFern Hauck

This event will take place in New Cabell Hall 236 on UVA central grounds. This panel is part of the interdisciplinary “Flight and Refuge: The European Crisis in Global Perspective” conference at UVA and will be moderated by Will Hitchcock.

David Martin is the Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor International Law at UVA. He has helped shape immigration and refugee policy while serving in several key U.S. government posts, including as principal deputy general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security from 2009-2010.

Charles Benjamin is the president of the Near East Foundation. He has over twenty-five years of experience in international development, with extensive experience in community development and natural resources management though the Middle East and Africa. 

Hannah Winnick is the program director for Transatlantic Dialogues on Democracy and Social Policy at the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America. The program aims to enhance transatlantic policy exchange on responsible policies for the humane and dignified treatment of migrants and refugees.

Victoria Rietig is a policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, where she works for the Regional Migration Study Group and the Transatlantic Council on Migration. She is also a Nonresident Fellow with Migration Policy Institute Europe.

Fern Hauck is associate professor of family medicine and public health services at the UVA School of Medicine. She started the International Family Medicine Clinic in 2002, which serves the refugee population of Charlottesville.

This event is part of…

Great Issues: Our Great Issues programming provides scholarly expertise on a wide range of policy issues for the public, the media, and the policy community, with an aim towards increasing public discourse about national and global challenges.

Carla Power

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, May 1, 2016/Nationally, May 4, 2016

A journalist specializing in Muslim societies, global social issues and culture, Carla Power is the author of If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran. The book is an account of a year in intense study with the traditional Islamic scholar Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi. She writes for Time and is a former correspondent for Newsweek, where she produced award-winning stories, reporting from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Her essays have appeared in a wide range of publications, from Vogue and O: The Oprah Magazine to The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, and Foreign PolicyPhoto Credit: Jamie Smith

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