Yale Conference on Imperialism and Democracy in the Americas

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Atlantic Contradictions: The Spread of Democracy, Imperialism, and Independence in the American World


The Yale Center for the Study of Representative Institutions, a JMC partner program, will have a book panel featuring James Kloppenberg’s (Harvard), Toward Democracy and Joshua Simon’s (Columbia), The Ideology of Creole Revolution. Comments will be offered by Hugo Drochon (Cambridge) and Marcela Echeverri (Yale), as well as Kloppenberg and Simon.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 • 4:00PM-6:00PM
Whitney Humanities Center, Room 208, Yale University

For inquiries related to the conference, please contact Yale’s JMC postdoctoral fellow, Mordechai Levy-Eichel.

>>Learn more about the event here.


Kloppenberg headshotJames T. Kloppenberg was born in Denver and educated at Dartmouth (A.B. 1973) and Stanford (M.A., 1976, Ph.D., 1980). He and his wife Mary have lived in Wellesley, MA, since 1980. In recognition of his teaching, he has been named a Harvard College Professor and awarded the Levinson Memorial Teaching Prize by the Harvard Undergraduate Council. He teaches courses on European and American thought, culture, and politics from the ancient world to the present. He serves as the chair of the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, as well as on the faculty of the graduate program in American Studies and the undergraduate concentration in History and Literature. His recent publications include “Trump’s Inaugural Address Was a Radical Break with American Tradition” in The Washington Post and “Still the Party We Remember” in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. 

>>Learn more about Kloppenberg’s research and teaching at Harvard.


Joshua Simon photoJoshua Simon (Ph.D., Yale) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, specializing in political theory. Before coming to Columbia, he held positions at King’s College London and the New School for Social Research. His research focuses on American and Latin American political thought, especially the ideas underlying the Americas’ revolutions, constitutions, and approaches to foreign policy. He has also studied American and Latin American adaptations of European traditions of political thought, including republicanism, liberalism, positivism, and Marxism. His work draws on the theories and methods of comparative political science and historical institutionalism, offering systematic accounts of the co-evolution of political ideologies and political institutions with both explanatory and critical intents.

>>Find out more about Professor Simon’s academic background.



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