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” A historian to lead Grand Strategy,” Yale Alumni Magazine, May/June 2017

The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy probably gets more outside press than any other course at Yale. But that’s not the reason history professor Beverly Gage ’94 is looking forward to her new post as its director. For Gage, the timing is the thing. With a Donald Trump presidency, she argues, what could be more essential than a program that studies effective leadership in a fast-changing world? Read more here....

“A Moral Call to Action on Poverty,” New Haven Independent, April 26, 2017

After spending years interviewing tenants and landlords and reporting on urban evictions, Matthew Desmond reached a conclusion that surprised him: Conventional liberal and conservative explanations that heap blame on everything from deindustrialization to out-of-wedlock childbirth overlook the actual root causes of poverty in this country. Read more here....















The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

I am honored to be included in the new film The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, directed by the great documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson. Read about the film here. Watch the trailer here: "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" Trailer Exclusive from Tambay A Obenson on Vimeo.  ...

Crises of the 1970s, AHA panel, January 2, 2015

Panelists talked about the social changes of the 1970s, including the effects of Watergate and the Vietnam War, as well as the rise in divorce rates and drug incarceration.  View the panel here....

New York Magazine: 53 (!) Historians Weigh In on Obama’s Legacy, January

“It’s a fool’s errand you’re involved in,” warned Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood when approached recently by this magazine to predict Barack Obama’s historical legacy. “We live in a fog, and historians decades from now will tell their society what was happening in 2014. But we don’t know the future. No one in 1952, for example, could have predicted the reputation of Truman a half-century or so later.” Read more....







































“What Kind of Temperament is Best?” TIME, October 16, 2008

TIME recently gathered four presidential historians--George Mason University's Richard Norton Smith, Yale University's Beverly Gage, and Russell Riley and David Coleman of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia--to discuss presidential temperament: what it is, who had it and how much it matters in the White House. An excerpt of their conversation: Gage: What people are trying to get at when they use the word temperament is something along the lines of instinct--how someone approaches a situation and particularly, I think, how someone approaches a crisis. Read the rest....