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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Alan M. Kraut

Alan M. KrautAlan M. Kraut is a University Professor of History and International Service at American University, where he has been named Scholar/Teacher of the Year. A past president of the OAH, he is the author or editor of nine books, including the award-winning books Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and the "Immigrant Menace" (1994) and Goldberger’s War: The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader (2003). Most recently, he is a coauthor, with his wife Deborah, of Covenant of Care: Newark Beth Israel and the Jewish Hospital in America (2007) and a coeditor of American Immigration and Ethnicity: A Reader (2005), From Arrival to Incorporation: Migrants to the U.S. in a Global Age (2008), and Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping America's Immigration Story (2013). Kraut has served as chair of the Statue of Liberty–Ellis Island History Committee, a consultant to the National Park Service and documentary filmmakers, and an adviser to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and pbs’s “History Detectives.” He is also a nonresident fellow of the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington think tank on immigration matters.


Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.


"Doing as the Americans Do: The Post-migration Negotiation of Identity in the United States"

This lecture was presented as the Presidential Address at the OAH Annual Meeting in Atlanta in April 2014.

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