• American Exceptionalism Conference

  • Keynote: Godfrey Hodgson

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  • Early Registration: $100 (through April 17)
  • Regular Registration: $125 (after April 17)
  • UMSL Faculty, Staff and Students: $75 | Please call (314) 516-5655 for promotional code if registering online or for any registration questions.
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Godfrey Hodgson

Rothermere American Institute | Oxford University

  • Fellow, Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University
  • Former Director of the Reuters’ Foundation Programme, Oxford University
  • Former U.S. Correspondent for The Observer, The Sunday Times and Foreign Editor of The Independent
  • Television reporter, documentary maker, and news anchor
  • His most recent book is The Myth of American Exceptionalism (Yale University Press, 2009)

David W. Garland

School of Law | New York University

  • Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology
  • Sutherland Award Winner, American Society of Criminology, 2012
  • Sellin-Glueck Award Winner, American Society of Criminology, 1993
  • Fellow, American Society of Criminology
  • Fellow, Guggenheim
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh

Jerome B. Karabel

Department of Sociology | University of California-Berkeley

  • Professor of Sociology
  • Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2009-2010
  • Distinguished Scholarly Book Award, American Sociological Association (The Chosen)
  • Outstanding Book Award, American Educational Research Association (The Diverted Dream)
  • Regular contributor to the Huffington Post, New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times and Le Monde Diplomatique

Michael Kazin

Department of History | Georgetown University

  • Editor-in-Chief, The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History, 2010
  • Editor-in-Chief, The Concise Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History, 2011
  • Co-Editor, Dissent Magazine
  • Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2009
  • Fellow, Guggenheim, 2004
  • Fellow, The Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, 1998-1999
  • Fellowship for University Teachers, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1998-1999
  • Distinguished Lecturer in History and American Studies, Fulbright Program, Japan, 1997
  • Adams Chair in American Studies, Distinguished Lectureship, Fulbright Program, 1996
  • Regular Contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The American Prospect, Politico, and The New Republic

Donald E. Pease

Department of English | Dartmouth College

  • Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English
  • Carl Bode-Norman Holmes Pearson Prize, American Studies Association
  • Board of Governors, Clinton Institute of American Studies
  • Fellow, Guggenheim
  • Fellow, Mellon
  • Fellow, Ford
  • Fellow, Hewlett

Rogers M. Smith

Department of Political Science | University of Pennsylvania

  • Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science
  • Finalist, Pulitzer Prize in History, 1998
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Fellow, American Academy of Political and Social Science 

John C. Torpey

Department of Sociology | The Graduate Center, City University of New York

  • Professor of Sociology
  • Fellow, German American Academic Council
  • Fellow, German Marshall Fund
  • Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Jean Monnet Fellow, European University Institute


Theda Skocpol

Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology | Harvard University

  • Former Director, Center for American Political Studies
  • Recipient of the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science
  • Past-President, Social Science History Association
  • Past-President, American Political Science Association
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Member, American Philosophical Society Member, National Academy of Science