Paul Kramer

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    The Art of Social Change: Students learn practical skills to shore up democracy

    In response to what he sees as a “multi-decade crisis of democracy,” Paul Kramer, associate professor of history, has developed an undergraduate course aimed at “activating citizens.” “The skills we need to make democracy work need to be constantly renewed,” said Kramer. These skills include… Read More

    Jun. 10, 2019

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    Symposium to discuss rise of right-wing authoritarianism March 29

    The recent rise of right-wing, authoritarian governments has inspired a unique one-day symposium with scholars from leading academic institutions. These researchers will explore the history and significance of this political phenomenon on Friday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Sarratt 325/327. Featured speakers include: Sean Jacobs (New… Read More

    Mar. 26, 2019

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    TIP SHEET: Suspicion of Muslims has historic antecedents

    History professor Paul Kramer of Vanderbilt University cites other eras of hostility to immigrants in America, to show that that current anxiety about Muslims is not a new phenomenon Read More

    Jan. 31, 2017

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    History is repeating itself with current immigration issues, says Vanderbilt historian

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Immigration must be stopped before newcomers overwhelm our generous welfare system, producing babies with full citizenship rights who add even more strain on social services. So goes a familiar argument for sealing the borders of the United States. “In a lot of respects we have the discussion… Read More

    Sep. 30, 2015

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    Expert: History is repeating itself with current immigration issues

    Paul Kramer explains why history is repeating itself in the battle over immigration. Kramer has written about immigration and border issues for the New Yorker and Slate, and been featured on National Public Radio. He has spent the last decade studying U.S. immigration history, and he’s working on a book about the forces that push people into leaving their home countries and immigrating, including the United States’ influence. Read More

    Sep. 30, 2015

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    The New Yorker: A useful corner of the world: Guantánamo

    Each time Gitmo’s relevance was called into question—by Cuban opponents, and by Americans worried about the base’s diminishing returns, the trouble of running it and the toll it took on global goodwill—new purposes had been found with unfailing ingenuity, writes Paul Kramer, associate professor of history. Read More

    Aug. 1, 2013