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Institute for Thomas Paine Studies
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The president's cabinet, the U.S. Constitution, political history, presidential history, political culture, government institutions, state building, Revolutionary War history.
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Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky is an expert on the cabinet, presidential history, and U.S. government institutions. She is currently Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College and Senior Fellow at the International Center for Jefferson Studies. Previously, she was a historian at the White House Historical Association and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. She received her B.A. in history and political science from the George Washington University, and completed her masters and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. She is the author of the award-winning The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, which was published by Harvard University Press in April 2020. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, TIME, USA Today, The Hill, Governing, and more.

Recent Publications

The Justice Department Has Lost Its Way,” November 3, 2020.

History Teaches Us Election Delays Are Nothing New,” Governing, October 28, 2020.

“President Washington and the Character of the First Supreme Court,” Governing, October 1, 2020.

“The Founders created the model for dealing with foreign interference—we should return to it,” The Hill, September 22, 2020.

“James Monroe and the Pandemic You Don’t Know About,” Governing, September 4, 2020.

“It has been 500 days since a confirmed secretary led the DHS. That is a problem,” Washington Post, August 23, 2020.

“Kamala Harris vice presidential pick launches Biden towards a cabinet that looks like America,” USA Today, August 11, 2020.

“George Washington invoked executive privilege. But he’d reject Barr’s version,” Washington Post, July 29, 2020.

“What the Protesters Tagging Historic Sites Get Right About the Past,” Smithsonian Magazine, June 26, 2020.

“The White House is the people’s house – something Trump seems to forget,” Washington Post, June 24, 2020.

“States Can’t Fight Coronavirus on Their Own—And the Founding Fathers Knew It,” TIME, April 6, 2020.

“How George Washington Designed the Cabinet as the Most Important Governing Tool,” American Heritage, March 27, 2020.

Media Coverage
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Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, American Presidents, Government, Military, Politics