Bruce Dierenfield is a professor emeritus of American history, a past director of the All-College Honors Program, and the former coordinator of the African-American Experience program at Canisius College. He has been recognized as a Peter Canisius Distinguished Professor and has received the college's Martin Luther King Jr. Award, its DiGamma Award for exceptional service to the institution, and its Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award. He has taught at the University of Helsinki, the Universities of Cologne and Bonn (Fulbright), and the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. He is the author of the prizewinning The Battle over School Prayer: How Engel v. Vitale Changed America (2007), as well as The Federal Role and Activities in Energy Research and Development, 1946-1980 (coauthor, 1983), Keeper of the Rules: Congressman Howard W. Smith of Virginia (1987), The Civil Rights Movement: The Black Freedom Struggle in America (2nd edition, 2021), A History of African-American Leadership (coauthor, 3rd edition, 2012), Disability Rights and Religious Liberty in Education: The Story Behind Zobrest v. Catalina Foothillls School District (coauthor, 2020). In addition, he is writing a biography of the Rev. George W. Lee of Mississippi, the first civil rights martyr after the Brown school desegregation decision, who was assassinated in 1955 for his voter-registration campaign.
NEW IN 2022: Separating Church & State: How the Minnesota Affiliate of the ACLU Led the Nation in Religious Liberty (Friends of the Bill of Rights Foundation)