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Kevin Mattson

Kevin

Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History

History
Bentley Annex
mattson@ohio.edu
740-593-4342

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Education

  • Ph.D. in History from the University of Rochester

Research

  • United States; Twentieth Century
  • Intellectual History; Culture and Politics

Kevin Mattson is Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History in the Department of History. His research focuses on the intersection of ideas and politics in the 20th century. He 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). Learn more by visiting her personal website or his blog.

Publications

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.  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—incisive, fast-paced, and fun to read." See a complete listing of his books here.

His writing has appeared in American Prospect, the Nation, the New York Times Book Review, Salon.com, and the Guardian.  And he has made numerous media appearances, including on NPR, Fox News, C-Span, and the Colbert Report. 

Teaching

Kevin Mattson teaches US cultural and intellectual history, including courses on 20th-century ideas, cultural rebellion, popular culture, and film.


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