The Presidential History Network serves the academic needs of scholars interested in the United States’ presidency, individual presidents, and corollary interests in the institutional, political or cultural history of the American polity
From Washington to Obama the network is a means of disseminating research ideas and findings, developing fora for discussion and debate, supporting book launches, and facilitating other events like conferences and symposia.
The network will also act as a kind of expertise clearing house to provide the media with names of scholars able to comment on a particular president or the presidency at particular times. Surprising as it may be, journalists are often looking for comment on past presidents – not just the present or most recent ones! There’s been a flow of requests about JFK of late because of the 50th anniversary, and next year is the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation. There are always commemorations coming up.
The network will have an informal steering committee consisting of: Iwan Morgan (UCL); Mike Cullinane (Northumbria); John Dumbrell (Durham); and Mark White (Queen Mary, University of London). The network website is at: http://presidentialhistorynetwork.wordpress.com/