The New England hub of the Institut des Amériques is developing around the topic of democracy, a theme that is at the core of the region’s political history. By focusing on promoting research projects that study the development of the American federal state and citizen participation, the New England hub aims at pushing forward a new take on the role of citizens in the implementation of American public policies.
In order to promote this topic, the New England hub of the Institut des Amériques is working towards the creation of a network uniting researchers around their will to put forth a new take on American political history. Thus, part of the hub’s activity is to encourage French and American researchers to share their personal experiences and unique approaches in order to enrich their respective academic projects. This endeavor takes the shape of a doctoral seminary gathering political science PhD candidates around their research projects.
The New England hub of the Institut des Amériques is located on the Boston College campus, within the Bureau of Global Engagement. Shep Melnick, professor of political science at BC, is the current local referent for the IdA. The New-England hub was launched on May 2nd and 3rd in 2014 as part of the seminar “Early Modern France and the Americas: Connected Histories” that took place at Boston College. This event was co-sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts, the Clough Center for Constitutional Studies, the John Carter Brown Library, and the French General Consulate in Boston.
Coordinator : Maxime André, PhD student from Sciences Po Lyon.
Maxime André’s Phd dissertation: “American state interventionism, from Prohibition to the New Deal. Sociological history of the administration of federal policies in the United States (1920-1938).”, PhD advisors: Gilles Pollet and Vincent Michelot from Sciences Po Lyon.
IdA’s referent in France: Vincent Michelot, member of the Scientific Board of the Institut des Amériques, professor of American political history.
Local referent: Shep Melnick, professor of American politics at Boston College.