Kevin M. Kruse
& by appointment
Kevin M. Kruse studies the political, social, and urban/suburban history of 20th-century America. Focused on conflicts over race, rights, and religion, he has particular interests in segregation and the civil rights movement, the rise of religious nationalism and the making of modern conservatism.
His first book, White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism (2005), won prizes including the 2007 Francis B. Simkins Award from the Southern Historical Association (for the best first book in Southern history, 2005-2006) and the 2007 Best Book Award in Urban Politics from the American Political Science Association. His second book, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America (2015), examined the rise of American religious nationalism in the mid-twentieth century and its legacies in American political and religious life. (He discussed the book here with Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air.) He is currently completing Divided We Stand: America Since the 1970s, a trade/textbook with co-author Julian Zelizer under contract with W.W. Norton.
In addition to these works, Professor Kruse has also served as the co-editor of three collections: The New Suburban History (2006), with Thomas J. Sugrue; Spaces of the Modern City (2008), with Gyan Prakash; and Fog of War: The Second World War and the Civil Rights Movement (2012) with Stephen Tuck.
Professor Kruse is now beginning work on a new project, tentatively titled The Division: John Doar, the Justice Department and the Civil Rights Movement. Drawing on the previously-unused papers of Assistant Attorney General John Doar, the head of the Civil Rights Division who was intimately involved in major flashpoints of the movement, the project promises to shed new light on the relationship between the federal government, the Jim Crow South, and the civil rights revolution.
Professor Kruse was honored as one of America's top young "Innovators in the Arts and Sciences" by the Smithsonian Magazine, selected as one of the top young historians in the country by the History News Network, and named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians.
Professor Kruse has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on twentieth-century U.S. history, race and racism in modern American politics, the civil rights movement, postwar suburbia, and the Religious Right, among other topics.
1994 B.A., History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
1997 M.A., History, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
2000 Ph.D., History, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.