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ROBERT “KC” JOHNSON
Robert David “KC” Johnson is a Professor of History at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center. In 2007-2008, he taught at Tel Aviv University as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities.
Professor Johnson received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard and his M.A. from the University of Chicago. His books include Congress and the Cold War, which was published by Cambridge University Press and won the D.B. Hardeman Prize. He has written widely on 20th and 21st century U.S. political, diplomatic, and legal affairs.
FALL 2021 SEMINARS
HISTORY & POLITICS
First Ladies, Gender & American Politics
We live in an era with a female Vice President and Speaker of the House; where women chair four Senate committees. But for much of the last century, the Office of the First Lady housed the highest-profile women in American politics. Though the position doesn’t exist in the Constitution, the term has been widely used since the late 19th century. This seminar will explore the growth of the office by examining the lives of the most significant First Ladies, while also examining how the office has changed over time. While focusing on the Office of the First Lady, each session also will include commentary on the growing political power of women in the period under discussion.
HISTORY & POLITICS
The Roaring Twenties
Europe and the United States are recovering from the effects of a global pandemic. The United States is moving past a tumultuous presidency. Significant cultural and demographic changes are challenging the old order. New economic trends are creating a more inter-connected, international world. More egalitarian attitudes around race and ethnicity are coexisting with emerging poisonous political movements. This all could describe the 2020s — but so too does it describe the 1920s: the focus of this seminar. Centering on both domestic and international affairs, we will look back a century to gain a better understanding of the promise and challenges of our current era.