View the 2011 Congress and History Conference panel discussions in their entirety.
- Panel 1—Maximizing Congressional Control in a Separation of Powers System
- Panel 2—Federal Intervention in the Economy: Congress, the President, and Monetary Policy
- Panel 3—Party Instruments for Collective Action in Congress
- Panel 4—19th Century Congressmen: The Ambitious and the Profit Seekers?
- Panel 5—Procedural Elements of Institutional Design: The Case of the United States Senate
- Roundtable 1—Congress and Civil Rights: From Reconstruction to Gender Equality, to Same-Sex Marriage
- Roundtable 2—Lessons From History: The Boundaries of Part and Committee Leadership in Congress
10th Annual Congress & History Conference
Brown University, June 9-10th, 2011
The Congress & History Conference was initially conceived by Professor Ira Katznelson (Columbia University) and Professor Gregory Wawro (Columbia University) as a way to bring scholars of Congress from different backgrounds, perspectives, and cohorts together to pose and answer key questions about the historical evolution and development of Congress. Participants are encouraged to use multiple methodological approaches in their research - from narrative case studies to quantitative analyses to formal models - and to expand the range of historical information that is available for scholarly use. The broad goal of the conference is to encourage discussion and debate among scholars that might not otherwise cross intellectual paths.
Since the first conference was held in 2002 at Columbia University, scholars in American Political Development, Congress, and History have been coming together to create a deeper understanding of the historical evolution of American politics through the lens of the American Congress. Over the past decade, conferences have been held at the following institutions: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003), Stanford University (2004), Washington University at St. Louis (2005), Yale University (2006), Princeton University (2007), George Washington University (2008), the University of Virginia (2009), and the University of California at Berkeley (2010).
The Congress & History Conference at Brown University is supported by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the Office of University Event & Conference Services, and Computing & Information Services.