Brendan A. Shanahan
In February 1915, non-citizen teachers throughout California abruptly learned that they would soon lose their jobs when state officials announced that local and county governments were required to enforce a long-forgotten anti-alien public employment law. In response, one Canadian immigrant teacher, Katharine Short, launched a diplomatic, legal, political, and public relations campaign against the policy. Earning the support of powerful (Anglo-)Canadian nationalists in wartime and a favorable depiction in California news coverage as a “practically American” Canadian woman, Short’s efforts Link to full article
Professor S. Deborah Kang
On October 23, the MacMillan Center convened a group of distinguished academics to discuss Professor S. Deborah Kang’s award-winning book The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the US-Mexico Border, 1917-1954, published through Oxford University Press in 2017. Professor Kang is the Anne Stark and Chester Watson Associate Professor of History, University of Texas at Dallas. Her book received academic acclaim that recognized the work’s timeliness, clarity, empirical prowess, and broad accessibility. (View Video) The event was an insightful discussion bringing together academics from Link to full article
The Center for the Study of Representative Institutions has a dynamic selection of programming available for the Fall of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all events will be held online. Please contact in order to RSVP for any of the following events.  The INS on the Line: A Discussion with Historian Deborah Kang Friday, October 23, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm Professor Kang will introduce her book and discuss its development and scholarly interventions with three commentators. These scholars will, in turn, briefly Link to full article
image is a poster with an impressionistic depiction of the Houses of Parliament; text below lists speakers, date, time and location for Parliamentarism book colloquium
The Yale Center for the Study of Representative Institutions is pleased to announce a book colloquium on two books on parliamentarism published in the last year: Parliament the Mirror of the Nation: Representation, Deliberation, and Democracy in Victorian Britain by Gregory Conti (Princeton) and Parliamentarism from Burke to Weber by William Selinger (UCL). In their respective monographs, Conti and Selinger re-establish parliamentarism—the ideal of a free state governed by representative assembly—as a central concept in 19th century European politics and chart its significance for Link to full article
event poster reading "Isaiah Berlin: Philosopher of Freedom" A film screening and discussion. Background image of Isaiah Berlin seated in a chair.
The Yale Center for the Study of Representative Institutions is pleased to announce our first event of the 2019-20 academic year, a film screening and discussion of Professor Judith Wechsler’s new documentary, Isaiah Berlin: Philosopher of Freedom (2018). Please join us on Wednesday, October 23, from 4-6pm in Luce Hall Room 202, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT for a screening of Prof. Wechsler’s 72-minute film on the life and times of Isaiah Berlin, from his childhood in Riga and London to his contributions to 20th century political philosophy. The screening will be followed by remarks Link to full article
“Of the making of books there is no end,” proclaimed Ecclesiastes, and this is especially characteristic of the contemporary study of education. There is no end to the visions and plans for how to reform schools at all levels, and yet, at the same time, deep dissatisfaction with the state of learning today. Education for What: The History of Education and the Rise of the (American) Research University will examine the history, philosophy, sociology, and politics of education, focusing especially on the origins, rise, and effects of the American research university. Like nineteenth-century Link to full article
The Yale Center for the Study of Representative Institutions (YCRI) would like to announce an upcoming lecture:  Robert Michels, the Iron Law of Oligarchy, and Dynamic Democracy A Lecture by Hugo Drochon (Cambridge)   Please join us Thursday, April 12th, 2018 from 4:30-6:30pm at Luce 202. For inquiries related to this lecture , please contact one of our co-directors, Isaac Nakhimovsky (    This event is funded generously by the Jack Miller Link to full article