Center for Presidential History

The Center for Presidential History (CPH) at Southern Methodist University exists to research and advance understanding of the history of the American presidency.
The CPH pursues this goal through three primary avenues:

The Center for Presidential History produces and supports research on the history of the American presidency, broadly conceived. Learn more.

The CPH aims to function as a central hub for the most current and innovative research in Presidential History through four methods:

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Graduate Student Fellowships

Writing Fellowships


The Collective Memory Project (CMP) is an ongoing oral history project, dedicated to enhancing the historical and archival record of various presidential administrations.

The CPH films interviews with members of presidential administrations, as well as both public officials and private citizens who played important roles during those administrations. These interviews are transcribed and prepared for both future online presentation as well as archival storage. Learn more.

You can explore our first live project on the oft-overlooked, yet pivotal election cycle of 2004 by clicking here.

 The CPH regularly organizes and hosts a wide variety of lectures, conferences, and events, focused on broadening our understanding of presidential history and its potential for aiding ongoing contemporary debates for our nation’s future course.

CPH Event Schedule
(2016 - 2017)

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