OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Daniel Czitrom

Portrait of Daniel Czitrom
Image Credit: James Gehrt

Daniel Czitrom is the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College. His latest book is New York Exposed: The Gilded-Age Police Scandal that Launched the Progressive Era (2016). He is a coauthor, with Bonnie Yochelson, of Rediscovering Jacob Riis: Exposure Journalism and Photography in Turn of the Century New York (2008), and his Media and the American Mind: From Morse to McLuhan (1982) received the American Historical Association's First Book Award and has been translated into Chinese and Spanish. He is also a coauthor of Out of Many: A History of the American People (8th edition, 2015), which was banned from Texas high schools in 2003. Czitrom has appeared as a featured on-camera consultant for numerous documentaries and he was a historical adviser for BBC America's historical drama, "Copper." He is also a member of the Society of American Historians.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

A narrative account of the first major crusade to clean up Gotham in the 1890s, and how it morphed into a public reckoning over what New York--and the American city--had become since the Civil War
Kitchen Table History is a multi-generational memoir that explores and complicates the lives, stories, and politics I learned about since childhood. It examines three generations of my family on both sides, with a special focus on how individual lives, decisions, and politics intersected with some of the great epic events of the twentieth century.
Explores Jacob Riis' reporting and revolutionary photography within the gritty world of Gilded Age New York: its new immigrants, its political machines, its fiercely competitive journalism, its evangelical reformers, and its labor movement.