We stayed up all night to watch. When the polling returns came in, we had to pinch ourselves. Was it was a dream? Did Donald Trump actually win the presidential election?
As scholars of United States history, politics, and culture, we knew that 2016 represented a watershed for the American presidency. Never before did a candidate have so little political experience. Never before did a major-party candidate express such extreme views on women, minorities, foreigners, intellectuals, and the political establishment. And never before has a candidate had so much hubris to claim an ability to solve global problems, like those in the Middle East, with sheer personal negotiation. Something changed in 2016.
Trump has not moved into the Oval Office, yet, so it is difficult to contemplate how he will change it, but our perception of the United States, and its foremost leader, has already transformed. One scan of the newspaper headlines demonstrates the revolution he represents:
Edinburgh University Press has also recognized the watershed, and reacted to the 2016 Election by introducing a new book series on the presidency, edited by Professor Sylvia Ellis and Dr. Michael Patrick Cullinane.
New Perspectives on the American Presidency is designed to take advantage of the revival in presidential studies in the UK and the world, and the growth of cross-disciplinary scholarship that has added countless interpretations from a wider cast of “supporting actors” in political history.
This new series is calling on scholars from all disciplines to submit book proposals that challenge the way we think about the United States presidency. Such examinations can do so in any number of ways, from investigating individual presidents, multiple presidents, those who aspire to the office, or indeed the office itself. We encourage prospective authors to explore the presidency in its historical and political contexts, in relation to gender, race, and class, and through the various domestic and foreign policies the president sets. In sum, we believe presidential scholarship in the twenty-first century is integrative, transnational, and reaches far beyond the voting booth or West Wing. This book series will prioritize fresh and innovative approaches, and will include both monographs and cohesive collections of essays from early career academics and established scholars.
For a full breakdown of submission guidelines, please visit the EUP website at: https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/new-perspectives-on-the-american-presidency.html