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History Department at Lehman College

Faculty: Andrew W. Robertson

Andrew W. Robertson

Academic Interests

Political History, History of the Early American Republic, Comparative History


Democratization of the United States, 1787-1825; research on politics, electioneering practices, and voting 1788-1824.

Awards and Fellowships

  • National Endowment for the Humanities, “We the People” (consultant), 2003-present
  • NEH Distinguished Visiting Professor of History, Colgate University, Fall 2005
  • Elected Member, Advisory Council, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
  • A. Lindsay O'Connor Professor of American Institutions, Colgate Univ., Hamilton, NY (2003-2004)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Tools Division, First Democratization Project, 1995-1997
  • Gilder Lehrman Fellow, 1998
  • Shorenstein Fellow, Harvard University, 1991



  • The Oxford Handbook of Revolutionary Elections in the Americas, 1800-1911, ed. by Eduardo Posada Carbó and Andrew W. Robertson. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming spring 2017.
  • (ed.) The Encyclopedia of American Political History, Volume I: The Colonial Era, 1500-1783 (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, April 2010).
  • Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to Political History in the Early American Republic, edited by Jeffrey L. Pasley, Andrew W. Robertson, and David Waldstreicher (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004).
  • The Language of Democracy: Political Rhetoric in Britain and the United States, 1790-1900 (1995; paper ed. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2005)

Articles and book chapters

  • “The Tortuous Trajectory of Jeffersonian Democracy,” in Daniel Peart and Adam I. P. Smith, eds., Practicing Democracy (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, fal1 2015).
  • “Tocqueville and American Democracy: The Meaning of Particulier,” in Emmanuelle Avril and Johan Neem, eds., Contested Democracy: Contestation and Participation in the English-Speaking World (London: Taylor and Francis, 2014).
  • “’Look on This Picture. . . And on This!’: Nationalism, Localism, and Partisan Images of Otherness in the United States, 1787-1820,” American Historical Review 106 (October 2001): 1263-80.
  • “Voting ‘Rites’: The Implications of Deference in Virginia Electioneering Ritual, 1780-1820,” in Articulating America: Fashioning a National Political Culture in Early America, edited by Rebecca Starr (Lanham, Md.: Madison House, 2000), pp. 131-52.
  • “American Redistricting in the 1980s: The Effect on the Mid-Term Elections,” Electoral Studies 2 (1983):113-130.
  • “The Idealist as Opportunist: An Electoral Analysis of Thaddeus Stevens’ Support in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, 1843-1866,” Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society 84 (1980) 49-107.

Works in Progress

  • Editor, The Encyclopedia of American Political History, Volume I: The Colonial Era, 1607-1775 (Washington: Congressional Quarterly Press, forthcoming).
  • The Second American Republic: The Political Culture of the First Party System, 1787-1825 (book manuscript)
  • The Henry and Lucy Knox Correspondence (edited volume).
  • Guide to U.S. Elections, 1788-1824 (book manuscript, edited with an introduction by Philip J. Lampi and Andrew W. Robertson)