Institute for Constitutional History

The Bonnie and Richard Reiss Graduate Institute for Constitutional History (ICH) is a leading national forum for interdisciplinary study of American constitutional history. The Institute offers advanced seminars, as well as workshops devoted to improving the teaching of constitutional history. These are designed for doctoral students, junior faculty members, lawyers, and educators from around the world. Offered free of charge, the seminars and workshops are open to qualified candidates by application only.

ICH is located at the New-York Historical Society. The Institute is co-sponsored by the American Historical Association, the American Political Science Association, and the Organization of American Historians. The Association of American Law Schools is a cooperating entity.

Alexander Kassl
Director of Public Programs
New-York Historical Society

Current Programs

The Bonnie and Richard Reiss Graduate Institute for Constitutional History is pleased to announce its spring 2022 seminar for advanced graduate students and junior faculty: The Contested Right to Vote

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Staff and Advisors

Lead support for the Bonnie and Richard Reiss Graduate Institute for Constitutional History is provided by Richard Reiss and the Saunders Endowment for Constitutional History. The Bonnie and Richard Reiss Graduate Institute for Constitutional History is supported, in part, by a "We the People" challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Education programs are made possible through endowments established by
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Hearst Foundations
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

Public funds are provided by
Institute of Museum and Library Services
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature

Education programs at New-York Historical receive generous support from
The Achelis and Bodman Foundation
The Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund
Acorn Hill Foundation
Altman Foundation
Barker Welfare Foundation
Best Buy
Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Con Edison
Deutsche Bank
Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Mark and Lori Fife
Henry Nias Foundation
Alan Shuch and Leslie Himmel
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Keith Haring Foundation
Susan and Robert E. Klein
Caroline Lowndes Foundation
Ann Lozman
Dan W. Lufkin

Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
The Michael Tuch Foundation
Sandra and Lowell Mintz
Consulate General of the Netherlands
New York Community Trust
Onassis Foundation USA
Heidi and Richard Ong
Pine Tree Foundation of New York
The Pinkerton Foundation
Jean Reid
Denice Rein
Richard Reiss
Rice Family Foundation
Sara Lee Schupf
The Scripps Family Fund for Education and the Arts
Robie Spector
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Gillian V. and Robert Steel
Thompson Family Foundation
Tiger Baron Foundation
The Waterfall Family Foundation
Rachael Wells
Winston Foundation
Marie and John Zimmermann Fund