Alan M. Kraut

Alan M. Kraut

Alan 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 chairs the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation's History Advisory Committee and has served as 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.


  • "Forget Your Past": On Becoming American in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
  • Closing the Gates, Building a Wall: What the History of Immigration Restriction against Jews Can Teach Us about American Nativism *
  • Ellis Island: Portal to America in an Age of Migration
  • Fit for America: Immigration, Healthy Bodies, and the American Environment in the Early Twentieth Century
  • Immigration and Work in America: An Historical Perspective
  • Medicine and Music: Joseph Goldberger and George Gershwin Encounter the American South in the Early Twentieth Century
  • Nativism before Donald Trump: Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in the Early Twentieth Century *
  • Prejudice and Philanthropy: The Rise of Catholic and Jewish Hospitals

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


Immigration and Work in America: A Historical Perspective

This lecture was presented at Houston Community College in October 2016. Recording courtesy Rubén Durán, senior media developer in the Curriculum Innovation Center and digital communications faculty member.

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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