Kevin M. Kruse

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Kevin M. Kruse
Kevin Michael Kruse.jpg
Kruse in 2015
Kevin Michael Kruse

1972 (age 47–48)
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisWhite Flight[1] (2000)
Doctoral advisorRichard Polenberg[2]
Academic work
InstitutionsPrinceton University Edit this at Wikidata

Kevin Michael Kruse (born 1972) is an American historian who serves as professor of history at Princeton University.[3][4][5][6] His research interests include the political, social, and urban/suburban history of 20th-century America, with a particular focus on the making of modern conservatism. Outside of academia, Kruse has attracted substantial attention and following for his Twitter threads where he provides historical context and applies historical research to current political events.[7]

Early life and education[edit]

Kruse was born in Kansas City, Kansas.[7] He moved with his family to Nashville, Tennessee, where he attended Montgomery Bell Academy.[7] He has three siblings.[7] His father was an accountant.[7]

Kruse graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He received his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees from Cornell University.[7] He wrote his PhD dissertation on white flight in Atlanta.[7]


  • White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism (Princeton University Press, 2005)
  • The New Suburban History (University of Chicago Press, 2006), co-edited with Thomas Sugrue
  • Spaces of the Modern City (Princeton University Press, 2008), co-edited with Gyan Prakash
  • Fog of War: The Second World War and the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford University Press, 2012), co-edited with Stephen Tuck
  • One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America (Basic Books, 2015)
  • Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974 (W. W. Norton & Company, 2019), with Julian E. Zelizer


  • Francis B. Simkins Award for best first book by an author in the field of southern history (2007), awarded by the Southern Historical Association for White Flight.[8]
  • Best Book Award in Urban Politics (co-winner, 2007), awarded by the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association for White Flight.[9]
  • Malcolm and Muriel Barrow Bell Award (2007), Awarded by the Georgia Historical Society for the best book on Georgia History for White Flight.[9]
  • Guggenheim Fellowship in General Nonfiction (2019), Awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation to support archival research for his next book The Division: John Doar, the Justice Department, and the Civil Rights Movement. [10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kruse, Kevin Michael (2000). White Flight: Resistance to Desegregation of Neighborhoods, Schools and Businesses in Atlanta, 1946–1966 (PhD thesis). Ithaca, New York: Cornell University. OCLC 53060905.
  2. ^ a b Bernstein, Mark F. (October 23, 2019). "#History in 280 Characters". Princeton Alumni Weekly. Vol. 120 no. 3. p. 16. ISSN 0149-9270. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  3. ^ Princeton University. "Faculty Profile;Princeton University History Department".
  4. ^ Michael Kazin. "Book Review of One Nation Under God". The New York Times. May 15, 2015. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Interview: Kevin Kruse, Author Of 'One Nation Under God' : NPR". March 30, 2015.
  6. ^ D. G. Hart (June 9, 2015). "The World Ike Wrought". WSJ.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Pettit, Emma (December 16, 2018). "How Kevin Kruse Became History's Attack Dog". The Chronicle of Higher Education. ISSN 0009-5982. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Southern Historical Association - Awards". Archived from the original on September 11, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Kruse, K.M.: White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism. (eBook and Paperback)".
  10. ^ "Guggenheim Fellow- Kevin M. Kruse".

External links[edit]