Scholar to discuss 'The Modern Presidency'

Bruce Schulman is distinguished author and lecturer

Bruce Schulman is the director of the Institute for American Political History at Boston University.


(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Feb. 16, 2017) A political historian will discuss “The Modern Presidency” at California Lutheran University on Wednesday, March 8.

Bruce Schulman, director of the Institute for American Political History at Boston University, will give a presentation on the last 60 years of the American presidency from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Ullman Commons 100/101 on Cal Lutheran’s Thousand Oaks campus. 

Schulman, the William E. Huntington Professor of History at Boston University, has focused his teaching and research on the relationship between politics and broader cultural change in modern U.S. history. The Organization of American Historians appointed him to its Distinguished Lecturer Program in 2004 and he was named the United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year in 2007 and a national semi-finalist for the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers in 2015.

The author won a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award for his forthcoming book, a volume of the Oxford History of the United States covering 1896 to 1929. His three previous books are “From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt,” “Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism” and “The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Politics, and Society,” a 2001 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Schulman is the editor or co-editor of five other books, including “Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s,” ”The Constitution and Public Policy” and “Recapturing the Oval Office.”

Schulman is a contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor and the International Herald Tribune, as well as websites such as Politico and Reuters. He has appeared as an expert commentator on television and radio programs and has consulted on productions by the History Channel, PBS and ABC News.

The scholar has held research fellowships from the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History and the Marjorie Kovler Fund of the Blum-Kovler Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University and a master’s and doctorate in history from Stanford University. 

The Cal Lutheran Artists and Speakers Committee, Department of History, Phi Alpha Theta and History Club, and the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program are sponsoring the free event. 

Ullman Commons is located at 101 Memorial Parkway adjacent to Kingsmen Park.

For information, contact assistant professor of history Sam Claussen at or 805-493-3432.