Kevin Mattson

Kevin Mattson is Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History. He teaches American cultural and intellectual history, including courses on twentieth century ideas, cultural rebellion, popular culture, and film. His research focuses on the intersection of ideas and politics in the twentieth century. He is the author and co-editor of many books, most recently Just Plain Dick: Richard Nixon’s Checkers Speech and the “Rocking, Socking” Election of 1952.á The New York Times called his prior book, “What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?”: Jimmy Carter, America’s Malaise, and the Speech that Should Have Changed the Country “exactly what political history should be íV incisive, fast-paced, and fun to read.”áHis writing has appeared in American Prospect, the Nation, the New York Times Book Review,, and the Guardian.á And he has made numerous media appearances, including on NPR, Fox News, C-Span, and the Colbert Report.áHe is on the editorial board of Dissent magazine, and he serves as the Chair of Committee A for the statewide chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

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