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International Relations and America's Rise: Institutions, Ideas, and Individuals


Event Summary

Cartoon depicting Uncle Sam stepping over the Philippines

Emil Flohri, And, After All, the Philippines Are Only the Stepping-Stone to China, editorial cartoon, Judge Magazine, circa 1900.

How has America’s pursuit of global power shaped the country’s political institutions and ideology? And how, in turn, has U.S. foreign policy been influenced by the historical evolution of its domestic institutions and ideas? This virtual, one-day workshop convened a diverse set of scholars to share new work addressing the intersection of international relations and American political development. The papers addressed questions of race and U.S. global power, non-state actors and U.S. empire, political parties and the U.S. global role, and ideologies of U.S. global power. The authors collectively bridged methodological, theoretical, and empirical divides and interrogated the history and foreign affairs of the American experience in novel ways.


8:30 a.m.

8:45 – 9:35 a.m.
Session 1: Race and U.S. Global Power

“The Consequences of Military Segregation,” Connor Huff and Robert Schub
“The Racial Equality Clause and the League of Nations Covenant: An APD Perspective on Race and International Order,” Stephen Pampinella and Tobias Lemke

9:40 – 10:30 a.m.
Session 2: Instruments and Ideologies of U.S. Global Power

“The Supply Side of Foreign Imposed Regime Change,” Madison Schramm and Dani Nedal
“In Defense of American Exceptionalism as a Research Topic in International Relations,” Hilde Restad and Trevor McCrisken

10:45 – 11:35 a.m.
Session 3: Political Parties in U.S. Global Power

“Dilemmas of Expansion: Party Development and Texas Annexation, 1824–1845,” Paul Musgrave
“Cornering the Credibility Market: The Vietnam War and the Cartel’s Conservative Turn,” Chad Levinson

12:30 – 1:20 p.m.
Session 4: Bureaucracy and U.S. Power

“Foreign or Domestic? Securitization and the Bureaucratic Politics of Indian Affairs,” Andrew Szarejko
“How Bureaucrats Represent Economic Interests: Partisan Control over Trade Adjustment Assistance,” Minju Kim

1:25 – 2:15 p.m.
Session 5: Non-state Actors and US Empire

“Agents of Empire: The Political Economy of Imperial Governance in the English New World,” Sean Gailmard“
Entrepreneurs and Imperialism: Commodity and the U.S. Pacific Empire, 1800–1900,” Miles Evers and Eric Grynaviski

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Concluding Remarks