Lisa G. Materson, an associate professor of history at the University of California, Davis, and a specialist in U.S. women’s political history will present this year’s Thornbrough Lecture “A Crisis of Political History? A View of the Field through the Lens of African American Women’s Electoral Activism.”

A recent New York Times op-ed lamenting the decline of U.S political history has sparked discussion over the state of the field. Positioning this debate in the context of African American women’s electoral activism, Lisa Materson instead highlights the field’s vitality and the centrality of such activism between the 1870s and 1930s for understanding key questions about American party politics.

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