Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the Warren Center. We are a gathering place for the exploration of American history and for the application of historical knowledge to real world challenges. We see critical engagement with key issues of American history as an inspiration for civic and community commitment, as a constructive source of regional and national identity, and as a reservoir of personal and political meaning making. The Warren Center’s activities are therefore centered around the nurturance of innovative historical thinking, research, and writing by visiting fellows, Harvard faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and their multiple reading and listening audiences. As the core component of the Center’s mission dating back to the vision of the Warren family’s original gift, our fellowship programs bring together scholars working on US history projects in a spirit of creativity and collaboration. Fellows convene on campus, and in the present moment, virtually, to exchange, test, and strengthen works in progress in the company of intellectual peers who share an interest in theme and/or method.
The Warren Center supports the growth of diverse emerging scholars through our Global American Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship and offers precious time and space for the development of new projects by established scholars in our thematic Faculty Fellowships. The Global American Studies Postdoc, established by former director Walter Johnson, fosters the maturation of cutting-edge fields as well as individual scholars by nurturing interdisciplinary work in American Studies and ethnic studies. The American Democracy program, also established by Walter Johnson, expands the Warren Center community circle by bringing in thinkers and organizers whose work demonstrably applies the lessons of US history to public policy and political domains.
At the Warren Center, we believe that historical scholarship and interpretation does productive work in the world. We embrace that work, especially now as risks to American lives and democratic practices are urgently apparent and the need for guideposts and guardrails drawn from our understandings of the past is increasingly urgent.
Whether you are a fellow, a student, a faculty member, or a visitor with a general interest in the fascinating and difficult questions of American life, culture, and history, we invite you to come in.
Tiya Miles, Director, Warren Center for Studies in American History
July 4, 2020