Gautham’s Research

Gautham Rao
Occasional citations and musings about my research into the American state, American legal history, and the television show "The West Wing."
Created 28 Apr 2020
  • What I'm Working On (9/2021)
    04 Oct 2021 • 9 min read
    I was going to do a whole thing about the semester starting, blah blah blah, but instead please pay your respects to the greatest footballer in the world, my King, Mohamed Salah. Quotes of the Month “...
  • What I'm Working On, Summer 2021
    19 Aug 2021 • 13 min read • 1 0
    Justene Hill Edwards, Unfree Markets: The Slaves Economy and the Rise of Capitalism in South Carolina (New York: Columbia University Press, 2021). -What a phenomenal book. I’ve been anxiously awaiting...
  • What I'm Working On/Reading: March-April, 2021
    05 May 2021 • 9 min read
    Something about spring semester, isn’t it? My friends and those subjected to my ravings will know my thoughts on this already: spring semester is effectively over after spring break. April, in other w...
  • February, 2021: What I'm reading
    01 Mar 2021 • 4 min read
    Laura F. Edwards, A Legal History of the Civil War and Reconstruction: A Nation of Rights (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015). Both whites and African Americans understood such efforts for wh...
  • January 2021: What I'm reading
    02 Feb 2021 • 3 min read
    (Original tweet can be found here.) This pretty much sums up January. Let’s just say that the Capitol insurrection has weighed so heavily on me that it has been hard to focus. Even harder to focus, th...
  • Course Syllabus: The West Wing as History (Spring, 2021)
    21 Jan 2021 • 10 min read
    This is the syllabus—or at least much of it—for my Spring 2021 course at American University, “The West Wing as History.” I’ve had to radically change the syllabus in order to accommodate schedule cha...
  • The Founding Fathers?
    15 Jan 2021 • 5 min read
    This is a public version of the readings for my syllabus for a seminar I am teaching entitled, “The Founding Fathers?—History, Memory, and Politics.” The seminar is for upper level undergraduates and ...
  • What I'm reading (December, 2020)
    04 Jan 2021 • 3 min read
    Ugh. I think I hit the lowest lows in December. Between grading, tons of committee work, and the frantic end to the second grade zoom school semester, I was scrambling to get anything done. But there ...
  • What I'm reading (October-November, 2020)
    04 Dec 2020 • 3 min read
    I’m an insomniac in the best of times. But even by my paltry standards, I don’t think I got much sleep at all in October. To say I was consumed by the election hysteria would be to vastly undersell th...
  • What I'm reading (September, 2020)
    05 Oct 2020 • 3 min read
    Laura F. Edwards, “James and Hist Striped Velvet Pantaloons: Textiles, Commerce, and the Law in the New Republic,” Journal of American History 107, no. 2 (Sept., 2020), 336-61. Altering the scale of i...
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