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American Exceptionalism: Fact and Fiction (PS102)

Is America exceptional?  This seminar invites students to consider what is unique about America’s historical development, its society and culture, and, especially, its government and politics.  Examining key documents, speeches, debates, letters, and literature from the American founding to the present, seminar participants will compare, contrast, and otherwise interrogate evidence of “American exceptionalism” and explore the political uses and power of exceptionalist claims throughout American history.   

Faculty Biography

Douglas B. Harris (B.A., The American University; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University) is professor of political science.  His research on Congress, political parties, and media politics has been published in numerous scholarly journals as well chapters in edited collections on congressional elections, media framing techniques, and public trust in government.  He is co-author of The Austin-Boston Connection: Fifty Years of House Democratic Leadership (Texas A&M University Press, 2009) and co-editor of Doing Archival Research in Political Science (Cambria Press, 2012).  His co-authored book, Choosing the Leader: Leadership Elections in the U.S. House of Representatives is forthcoming from Yale University Press.


Making of the Modern United States II – Civil War to Present (HS103)

Covers the history of the United States since the Civil War as the nation grew into an industrial and international power, and as it struggled to transform itself from a nineteenth-century republic that restricted citizenship rights along racial and gender lines into a diverse modern society. Topics include: Reconstruction; urban/industrial development and reform; immigration and the expansion and contraction of democracy in the early twentieth century; the world wars; the Great Depression; postwar culture and society; the impact of the Cold War; social movements; and the fracturing of consensus. 

Faculty Biography

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Mentor Biography

Kara hails from the great “buckeye state” where she completed her undergraduate education at The Ohio State University, with a degree in Counseling Psychology in 2015.  She then earned her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, with a concentration in collegiate athletics, from North Carolina State University in 2017.  During her time at NC State, Kara served in dual capacities with both University Housing and University Recreation. Kara is a major Ohio State fan and can be seen in her jersey every Saturday in the fall.  She also enjoys an active lifestyle, including running and playing tennis.  A world traveler, major foodie, and coffee connoisseur, she loves navigating a new city based on what she has a taste for that day.  Kara is always up for a new adventure, especially if it means being surrounded by friends and family. Another fun fact about Kara --   she is an NCAA Basketball Referee in her spare time. She is very passion about this avocation and has her sights set on eventually officiating in a Division 1 power five conference (ACC, Big Ten, Big East) and/or the WNBA.

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