Welcome to “A House Divided”

In simple terms, “A House Divided” brings together scholars who combine historical and theoretical tools to tackle important political questions. While we are all different in how we ask and answer these questions, we encourage our readers to look behind the significant issues of the day to see their origins. In short, “A House Divided” is committed to the idea that we cannot understand our current politics without also understanding how we arrived here.

In more “technical” language, “A House Divided” aims to use the toolkits of American Political Development, American Political Thought, historical institutionalism, and political and intellectual history to shine a light on our current politics. The animating idea is that American politics is best understood through the lens of timely, snapshot quantitative studies and situating American politics in historical and developmental context.

“A House Divided” aims, then, to carve out a currently unoccupied space: to provide for an educated lay and scholarly audience a site to place our current politics in a richer historical and theoretical context. Welcome!

My name is Calvin TerBeek and I’m a political science PhD student at the University of Chicago. Before moving to Hyde Park, I clerked for two judges and practiced commercial litigation for a “Big Law” and boutique firm. My work is focused on judicial politics, American political development, and qualitative methods. More specifically, I’m interested in the postwar conservative movement and the US Constitution, particularly the political development of originalism. For more on my research interests, see my c.v.

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