Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I hope to see legal historians at the Organization of American History annual meeting later this week in Houston.  History News Network has a helpful list of Topical Sessions at the OAH.  Note especially several "state of the field" panels, including "State of the Field: Revisiting Whiteness Twenty Years after The Wages of Whiteness," on Friday morning at 8:30.

I can recommend the outstanding papers on my Friday morning panel (I'm chairing and commenting):
Between War and Peace: New Narratives of U.S. Militarization in the Twentieth Century (co-sponsored by the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations)
10:15 to 11:45 am

Professional Militarism in a Global Age: Naval Elites and the Remaking of the United States before World War I
Dirk Bonker, Duke University

Warfare States, Welfare States: World War II’s Demobilization and the Peace Dividend
Laura McEnaney, Whittier College

Normalcy, New Deal, and the Spectre of Total War: A Reconsideration of U.S. Political History, 1920–1940
Mark R. Wilson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

Also of particular interest: 

State of the Field: Critical Race Histories, Friday, 3:30-5:00 pm

Chair: Paul Kramer, Vanderbilt University
Ariela Gross, University of Southern California
Thomas Guglielmo, George Washington University
Kenneth Mack, Harvard Law School
Erika Lee, University of Minnesota

State of the Field: Atlantic World and Beyond, Saturday, 1:30-3:00 pm
Chair: Holly Brewer, North Carolina State University

Pacific and Trade
Alison Games, Georgetown University

Indigenous America
Rebecca Horn and Eric Hinderaker, University of Utah

Law and Power
David T. Konig, Washington University

And I hope to see you at the very end of the program, when I'm chairing a roundtable:  
Rethinking Anti-Communism, Sunday at 10:15 am. 

The full program is here.  If you can't be there, you can follow HNN, which always has excellent coverage of major panels, and other conference-related news.