Kevin M. Kruse

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Kevin M. Kruse is an American professor of history at Princeton University.[1][2][3][4] His research interests include the political, social, and urban/suburban history of 20th-century America, with a particular focus on the making of modern conservatism. Outside of academia, Kruse has attracted substantial attention and following for his Twitter threads where he provides historical context and applies historical research to current political events. [5]

Early life and educationEdit

Kruse was born in Kansas City, Kansas.[5] He moved with his family to Nashville, Tennessee, where he attended Montgomery Bell Academy.[5] He has three siblings (Amy, Lisa, and Eric).[5] His father was an accountant.[5]

Kruse earned his B.A. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University.[5] He wrote his PhD dissertation on white flight in Atlanta.[5]


  • White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism (Princeton University Press, 2005)
  • The New Suburban History (University of Chicago Press, 2006), co-edited with Thomas Sugrue
  • Spaces of the Modern City (Princeton University Press, 2008), co-edited with Gyan Prakash
  • Fog of War: The Second World War and the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford University Press, 2012), co-edited with Stephen Tuck
  • One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America (Basic Books, 2015)
  • Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974 (W. W. Norton & Company, 2019), with Julian E. Zelizer


  • Francis B. Simkins Award for best first book by an author in the field of southern history (2007), awarded by the Southern Historical Association for White Flight.[6]
  • Best Book Award in Urban Politics (co-winner, 2007), awarded by the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association for White Flight.[7]
  • Malcolm and Muriel Barrow Bell Award (2007), Awarded by the Georgia Historical Society for the best book on Georgia History for White Flight.[7]
  • Guggenheim Fellowship in General Nonfiction (2019), Awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation to support archival research for his next book The Division: John Doar, the Justice Department, and the Civil Rights Movement. [8]


  1. ^ Princeton University. "Faculty Profile;Princeton University History Department".
  2. ^ Michael Kazin. "Book Review of One Nation Under God". The New York Times. May 15, 2015. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Interview: Kevin Kruse, Author Of 'One Nation Under God' : NPR". 30 March 2015.
  4. ^ D. G. Hart (June 9, 2015). "The World Ike Wrought". WSJ.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Pettit, Emma (December 16, 2018). "How Kevin Kruse Became History's Attack Dog". The Chronicle of Higher Education. ISSN 0009-5982. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Southern Historical Association - Awards". Archived from the original on 2015-09-11.
  7. ^ a b "Kruse, K.M.: White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism. (eBook and Paperback)".
  8. ^ "Guggenheim Fellow- Kevin M. Kruse".

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