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Michael Kazin (born June 6, 1948) is an American historian, and professor at Georgetown University. He is co-editor of Dissent magazine.[1]

Michael Kazin
Born (1948-06-06) June 6, 1948 (age 71)
Alma materHarvard University (B.A.)
Portland State University (M.A.)
Stanford University (PhD)
RelativesAlfred Kazin (father)


Early lifeEdit

Kazin was born in New York City in 1948 and was raised in Englewood, New Jersey. He is the son of literary critic Alfred Kazin.

He graduated from Dwight-Englewood School in 1966 and received the school's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006.[2] He received a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard, an M.A. in History from Portland State University, and a Ph.D. in History from Stanford. As a Harvard student he was a leader in Students for a Democratic Society and briefly a member of the Weatherman faction.[3]


Kazin's research interests are American social movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, and he has authored books on labor history (Barons of Labor: The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in the Progressive Era); populism (The Populist Persuasion: An American History) and William Jennings Bryan, (A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan).[1]

Kazin wrote an unsympathetic review of Howard Zinn's 1980 book A People's History of the United States, commenting that it was "bad history, albeit gilded with virtuous intentions".[4]

His book War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918 was published by Simon and Schuster on November 1, 2016.

Kazin is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Kazin married physician Beth C. Horowitz in 1980. They have two children.


  1. ^ a b "Faculty". Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  2. ^ Distinguished Alumni Award, Dwight-Englewood School. Accessed June 14, 2018.
  3. ^ Rebecca E. Klatch, A Generation Divided: The New Left, the New Right, and the 1960s, University of California Press, 1999, p. 210.
  4. ^ "Howard Zinn's History Lessons". Spring 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  5. ^ Stein, Jeff (August 5, 2017). "9 questions about the Democratic Socialists of America you were too embarrassed to ask". Vox. Retrieved September 21, 2018.


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