Michael Kazin

Michael Kazin

Michael Kazin is a professor of history at Georgetown University. He is the author, most recently, of War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914–1918 (2017), American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation (2011), and A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan (2006). He is also a coeditor of Americanism: New Perspectives on the History of an Ideal (2006). He is the editor-in-chief of the two-volume Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History (2010) and also serves as the editor of Dissent magazine and an online columnist for the New Republic. A new edition of his The Populist Persuasion: An American History (1998) is forthcoming in fall 2017.

Twitter: @mkazin.


  • How to Understand the 1960s and How Not To
  • The Antiwar Movement in the United States during World War I
  • The Causes of Conservative Victory, 1964-2004
  • The Failure and Success of American Radicalism
  • The History of the Democratic Party
  • The Use and Abuse of Americanism
  • What Kind of Populist Is Donald Trump? *
  • William Jennings Bryan and the Fate of the Christian Left

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


Should the United States Have Fought in World War I?

This lecture was presented at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, March 2017. Recorded by Jeffrey Yorgey.

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