Paper/panel proposals for AHA and OAH in 2010
By Phil Hamilton, November 15, 2008 in Uncategorized

One of the missions of the Lehrman American Studies Center is to help junior professors and graduate students who care about America’s founding principles succeed in their academic careers. The Center also wishes to encourage personal and professional relationships, especially among participants of the Lehrman Summer Institutes at Princeton.

At the Institute last summer, I spoke about how to successfully navigate the professional association meeting. In particular, I discussed how important it is for young scholars to present their research at their discipline’s annual conferences. For history, the two largest and most important professional meetings are the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians.

Therefore, I’d like to put the call out to historians who have attended the Institute in years past to consider putting a panel together either with me (see below) and/or with one or more of the other historians you met at Princeton. And I hope some of you will use the blog as a vehicle with which to discuss paper topics, to exchange ideas, and to help all of us write more effective panel proposals.

In January 2010, the AHA conference will be in San Diego, CA. The deadline for submission to present at this meeting is February 15, 2009. More information on how to submit a proposal to AHA can be found at:

OAH’s conference will be in Washington, D.C. in April 2010. The deadline for submission to this meeting is also February 15, 2009. Information on OAH’s meeting is at:

Both conferences will only consider full panel proposals (which include three papers, a chair, and a commentator).

If anyone is interested in working with me, there are three research projects I’m currently working on (all of which are at various stages of completion). But I’ll be happy to work with some of you if we can effectively link our general topics. They are:

  1. The expansion of higher education in Virginia during the Civil Rights Movement (I’m exploring this topic as part of a book manuscript I’m currently writing about Christopher Newport University where I teach.)
  2. Ex-President John Tyler and his family in “retirement” (1845-1862). This paper will explore the role the broader John Tyler clan played in keeping the ex-president’s political fortunes alive after he left the White House. It is part of a larger project on how/why important political families emerged in the early American republic.
  3. Henry/Lucy Knox and the American Revolution. I’ve just started exploring this subject and am planning to write a biography about the Knoxes’ experiences and marriage. To date, I have looked mainly at how the Revolutionary War itself influenced and reshaped their relationship.

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Phil Hamilton
Phil Hamilton

I teach U.S. history at Christopher Newport University, located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. My courses include those on the American Revolution, Early Republic, slavery in America, and the Civil War era. I am a social historian and my research focuses on the changing nature of family life and public service in the late-18th and early 19th centuries.