Presidential Transitions in American History

Moderated by Professor Robert David “KC” Johnson

This semester, we’re all experiencing the transition from Trump to Biden–which promises to provide a dramatically new approach not only in terms of public policy but in the nature of politics. While the Trump/Biden transition might seem extreme, the growth of presidential power since World War II has heightened the importance of presidential transitions, and made a new President’s first 100 days into a meaningful marker. This seminar will explore the historical foundations of presidential transitions before examining some critical (successful and unsuccessful) transitions in the postwar era. We will finish up with a discussion of how the Biden transition fits into these broader historical trends. 


Seminar Dates & Times

Wednesdays   |   10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EST


Wednesdays   |   2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. EST


March 17, 31
April 14, 28
May 12, 26


Session 1 Historical Transitions
Session 2 Kennedy – Johnson
Session 3 Reagan
Session 4 Clinton
Session 5 Obama
Session 6 Biden

Seminar Cost: $450 (tax-deductible portion $225)