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Heather Walser

Heather Walser

Center for Democratic Deliberation Dissertation Fellow

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Ph.D. Candidate in History, Penn State.
M.A. in History, University of Oklahoma, 2015
B.A. in History and Political Science, University of Oklahoma, 2013
Heather Walser


Heather Walser PhD candidate studying the intersection of United State politics, culture, and law in the 100 years following the Constitutional Convention.

Her project, “Amnesty’s Origins: Federal Power, Peace, and the Public Good in the Long Civil War Era,” explores the roots of the amnesty crisis which occurred at the conclusion of the American Civil War. She examine how Americans understood and used amnesty—or the pardon and oblivion of past acts granted by a government—to resolve conflict, negotiate the meaning of “public good,” and shape the development of the nation-state across the long-19th century.