Event Type

AHA Online, AHA Workshop, History Behind the Headlines, Webinar/Virtual Event, Workshop

AHA Topics

Graduate Education, K–12 Education, Teaching & Learning, Undergraduate Education

Event Description

Is global democracy in crisis? How can history help us better understand the forces shaping global politics in the 21st century? These are some of the questions that were explored in this AHA online event. Bringing together leading scholars, this hour-long discussion aimed to contextualize contemporary concerns about waning support for democratic institutions as authoritarian regimes gain popularity worldwide.

Read about the event in Perspectives on History.


  • Moderator: Kenneth Pomeranz (Univ. Professor of Modern Chinese History and the College, Univ. of Chicago)
  • Ruth Ben-Ghiat (professor of history and Italian, New York Univ.)
  • Rafael R. Ioris (professor of history, Univ. of Denver)
  • Paul Zeleza (associate provost and visiting professor, Siegal Lifelong Learning & Cleveland Coll., Case Western Reserve Univ.