Barack Obama Presidential Conference

In cooperation with the Barack Obama Presidential Library, National Archives and Records Administration.

April 19-21, 2023

Hofstra University is pleased to announce that its conference on the Barack Obama Presidency will take place April 19-21, 2023. Hofstra has a long and distinguished tradition of hosting conferences on the administrations of all the Presidents of the United States who have served during the University's lifetime, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt forward. The Conference on the Obama Presidency, hosted by the Hofstra Cultural Center, the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, and the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, will be the University’s 13th presidential conference.

During each conference, Hofstra brings together scholars, policy makers, and journalists for a series of panels and roundtables to discuss a president's campaign, political leadership, policy agenda, and legacy. Often the Hofstra conference is the first opportunity for scholars, journalists, and administration officials to come together to debate the issues of that period in history.  The University has published volumes of selected articles and commentary from every conference, which have become standard scholarly volumes and early oral histories of each presidency.

These presidential conferences bring to campus hundreds of national leaders, scholars and historians, as well as college and high school classes. In addition, selected keynote panels and plenary events will be live streamed through the University’s website, allowing access to schools across the country.  The Hofstra Presidential Conferences provide a unique opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary scholarly analyses, with key insights from former administration officials and journalists, of the American presidency and American politics.

Call for Papers

For a scholarly assessment of the Presidency of Barack Obama, we invite submission of paper proposals on the topics listed below or topics closely related.  Other topics also will be considered as programming permits.

Papers will be selected for presentation at the conference as well as for potential publication based on the depth and originality of perspective on the subject.  Previously published material will not be considered and should not be submitted.

A one-page abstract (500 words) and curriculum vitae should be submitted via e-mail to  by February 28, 2022.

The Hofstra program committee will review paper proposals and announce accepted selections in Spring 2022.  Papers will be due in January 2023 to ensure discussants have sufficient time to review before the conference.  Papers should not exceed 20 double-spaced pages (approximately 6,000 words), excluding notes.  Paper topics include:

  • Affordable Care Act
  • Afghanistan 
  • Africa Arts and Culture
  • Asia 
  • Budgetary Politics 
  • Cabinet 
  • Campaign Finance 
  • China 
  • Civil Liberties 
  • Civil Rights 
  • Climate Change 
  • Communication 
  • Congressional Relations 
  • Counter-Terrorism Policies 
  • Defense Budget
  • Domestic Policy 
  • Economic Policy 
  • Education 
  • Elections – Presidential (2008, 2012)
  • Elections – Midterm (2010, 2014)
  • Energy Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Europe
  • European Union
  • Family and Politics
  • Financial Crisis
  • First Lady
  • Foreign Aid
  • Foreign Policy
  • Guantanamo Bay
  • Great Recession
  • Gun Control Policy
  • Health Care Reform
  • Homeland Security
  • Immigration
  • International Trade 
  • Iran 
  • Iraq 
  • Judicial Appointments
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Media and the Presidency
  • Middle East
  • Military Policy
  • National Security Council
  • North America
  • North Korea
  • Political Participation
  • Post-Presidential Years
  • Public Opinion
  • Race Relations
  • Russia
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Social Media
  • Speech Writing
  • Supreme Court Decisions
  • Tax Policy
  • United Nations
  • Vice Presidency
  • White House Staff

Conference Details

Conference participants will be expected to make their own travel, lodging, and meal arrangements for the conference.  As the conference nears, Hofstra will identify local hotels that will provide discounted rooms for the conference.

The Barack Obama Conference will be coordinated by the Hofstra Cultural Center.
Phone: 516-463-5669


The Long Island Marriott has been designated as the official conference hotel for the The Barack Obama Presidency scheduled for April 19-21, 2023. We have made arrangements for those wanting to arrive a day early and stay a day later at the same rate. The following is the special discounted rate for room reservation. All reservations at the discounted rate are subject to availability. When making your reservations, please identify yourself as a participant in the Hofstra Obama Conference.

101 James Doolittle Blvd
Uniondale, NY 11553

Start Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023
End Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023
Last Day to Book: Friday, March 17, 2023

Special group rate: $169 USD per night

Make a reservation:
Book your group rate for Obama Presidential Conference

**Most hotels have 24-48 hour cancellations without penalty. If you need to cancel, please do so before this time so that you do not incur any cancellation fees**

Please refer to the following website for additional local hotel information --

Location of Hofstra University

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY is located in Hempstead, Long Island, New York, about 25 miles east of New York City, less than an hour away by train or automobile. The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has frequent trains to the Hempstead Station and the Mineola Station from Pennsylvania Station, located at 34th Street and 7th Avenue, New York City, as well as from the Flatbush Avenue Station in Brooklyn, New York. Use local taxi service to the Hofstra campus.

Local Taxi Service:

All Island Taxi Service: 516-481‑1111
All Island Taxi Service (Mineola): 516-742-2222
All Island Taxi Service (Garden City) : 516-746-2500
Hempstead Taxi: 516-489‑4460
Pub Taxi Service: 516-483‑4433
Ollie’s Airport Service: 516-437‑0505; 516-352‑6633; 718-229‑5454

By Car: Travel on the Long Island Expressway to exit 38, Northern State Parkway to Meadowbrook Parkway South (exit 31A), or Southern State Parkway to Meadowbrook Parkway North (exit 22N). Take Meadowbrook Parkway to exit M4 (Hempstead Turnpike). Proceed west on Hempstead Turnpike (Route 24W) to the Hofstra campus (approximately one mile).

Transportation from Airports: The Hofstra campus is located approximately 30 minutes by car from John F. Kennedy or LaGuardia Airports. JFK runs an AirTrain to the Long Island Rail Road. Please consult the MTA website, ( for schedules and information.

Call in Advance for Reservations:
Long Island Airport Limousine Service (LIALS) LIALS can be called upon arrival at either JFK or LaGuardia International Airport at a public telephone: 656‑7000 (no area code required). The phones are monitored from 4 a.m. through midnight, seven days a week.
Online reservations:

Tran-Star Executive Worldwide Chauffeured Services
Advanced reservation recommended
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Limos Long Island/BDJ Cars
Personalized Transportation Service. Advanced reservation recommended
(833) 545-4667 or 516-400-3364 ext. 3

Super Shuttle
(800) BLUE-VAN (800-258-3826)
Online reservation:

Dial 777. Dial 7 offers affordable, competitive rates from New York airports
(212) 777-7777 or (800) 777-8888
Online reservations:

NOTE: Please be advised that there are no set fares charged by New York City yellow cabs between the airports and the Hofstra campus. Please confirm fee with the driver before starting your trip.

About the Conference

For information on prior presidential conferences, please see

Associate Conference Director


Richard Himelfarb
Professor of Political Science

Conference Director


Meena Bose
Executive Dean, Public Policy and Public Service Programs
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
Director, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies
Professor of Political Science

Photos courtesy of the Barack Obama Presidential Library,