OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Bruce Kuklick

Portrait of Bruce Kuklick

Bruce Kuklick is Nichols professor of history emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 1972. His interest in high politics in the United States and how it is connected to a wider American culture has led him to research projects in a number of different genres of history, ranging from sports to philosophy to film and to academic institutions. He also believes that undergraduate teaching of American history is crucial as a form of civic education and thinks that the best way to convey the results of research is through narratives that explain and analyze historical issues. He has received every one of the University's awards for teaching. An elected member of the American Philosophical Society, he is the author of numerous books, including a three-volume history of American thought. His most recent books include Blind Oracles: Intellectual and War from Kennan to Kissinger (2006); A Political History of the USA: One Nation under God (second.ed., 2019); with Emmanuel Gerard, Murdering Patrice Lumumba (2014); and The Fighting Sullivans: How Hollywood and the Military Make Heroes (2016).

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