Lindsay Chervinsky

Presidential Historian; Author
Lindsay Chervinsky Speaker
  • Skilled at making history exciting and accessible for a broad public audience
  • Draws on expertise in the president's cabinet, government institutions, politics, political culture, and more to provide analysis to current political landscape
  • Discusses how presidential leadership has developed over the years and how these strategies can be applied anywhere

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Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky is a historian of the presidency, political culture, and U.S. government institutions. She is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. Previously, she was a historian at the White House Historical Association and a fellow at the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. 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.

Dr. Chervinsky is the author of the award-winning The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, which was published by Belknap / Harvard University Press in April 2020 and the co-editor of Mourning the Presidents: Loss and Legacy in American Culture published by University of Virginia Press in February 2023. Her third book, Making the Presidency: John Adams and the Precedents that Forged the Republic, will be published by Oxford University Press in September 2024.

Dr. Chervinsky has been published in the Washington Post, TIME, USA Today,, The Bulwark, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, The Daily Beast, and numerous others; she is a regular source on American history for outlets like The BBC, Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times, CBC News, and many more. She has recently appeared on CBS News and CNN.

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Lindsay Chervinsky: Common Elements of Presidential Leadership

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Presidential Leadership: A Historical Perspective. What are the characteristics of good presidential leadership? What do all good presidents have in common? Learn about the shared strategies of the best presidents, how they put their own unique stamp on leadership, and how these lessons apply today.

What Would the Founders Think of Today? Americans revere the Constitution and the Founding generation that forged the nation, but what would the Founders think about the United States today? This talk will consider how the Founders conceptualized politics, government institutions, and political culture and their expectations for the nation. Dr. Chervinsky will then explore how society has evolved or remained the same. This talk can be customized depending on the organization’s interests. For example, they could choose from topics including but not limited to the Supreme Court, the Constitution, amendments, the presidency, Congress, elections, political parties, foreign policy, and more.

What Can the Founders Teach Us about Leadership? The Founders fought a revolution, created a country, weathered international threats and domestic rebellions, and forged the longest-lasting republic. Yet, they were also deeply flawed, sometimes cruel, and intensely mortal men. Because the Founders were imperfect, their achievements are actually more inspirational and instructive for leaders today. Learn what their flaws, failures, and phenomenal successes can teach us about leadership in the twenty-first century.

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