Curriculum Vita

                                                   DAVID  F.  KRUGLER

Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Platteville

Department of Social Sciences, 151 Gardner Hall

Platteville, Wisconsin, 53818

phone: 608-342-1783 ¨ email:



Ph.D.  History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.

M.A.   History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993.

B.A.    English and History, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, 1991.


Research Fields

U.S. political, diplomatic, and urban history; African-American history.


Professional Experience

2009 – present  Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Platteville.

2002 – 2009     Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Platteville.

1997 – 2002     Assistant Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Platteville.

1993 – 1995     Teaching Assistant, Department of History, University of Illinois.

                          1992 – 1997     Research Assistant to Professor Juliet E.K. Walker, University of Illinois.


Publications and Scholarship


1919, The Year of Racial Violence: How African Americans Fought Back (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in December 2014).


This Is Only a Test: How Washington, D.C., Prepared for Nuclear War (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).


The Voice of America and the Domestic Propaganda Battles, 1945-1953 (Columbia, Mo.: University of Missouri Press, 2000).



“Washington, D.C., 1941-1952,” in Richardson Dilworth, ed., Cities in American Political History (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: CQ Press, 2011).


“A Mob in Uniform: Soldiers and Civilians in Washington’s Red Summer, 1919,” Washington History 21 (2009): 49-77.


“‘If peace is to prevail:’ Karl E. Mundt and America’s International Information and Education Programs, 1943–1953,” South Dakota History 31, no. 1 (Spring 2001): 53-75.


“Chicago Mayor’s Committee on Race Relations,” “Hoover’s Colored Advisory Commission,” “President’s Commission on Campus Unrest,” in Nina Mjagkij, ed., Organizing Black America: An Encyclopedia of African American Associations (New York: Garland Publishing, 2001).


“Radio’s Cold War Sleight-of-Hand: the Voice of America and Republican Dissent, 1950-1951,” Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television 19, no. 1 (March 1999): 27-38.


“Radio Enterprises,” in Juliet E.K. Walker, ed., The Encyclopedia of African American Business History (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999).



Review of Kenton Clymer, “The Ground Observer Corps: Public Relations and the Cold War in the 1950s,Journal of Cold War Studies 15, no. 1 (Winter 2013): 34-52, H-Diplo Article Review, no. 425:


Review of Christopher J. Bright, Continental Defense in the Eisenhower Era: Nuclear Antiaircraft Arms and the Cold War (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), H-Diplo Roundtable Review, vol. XIII, no. 3 (2011):


Review of Laura Belmonte, Selling the American Way: U.S. Propaganda and the Cold War (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), H-Diplo Roundtable Review, vol. XIII, no. 3 (2011):


Review of James Schwoch, Global TV: New Media and the Cold War, 1946-69 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009), History: Reviews of New Books 38, no. 4 (Fall 2010).


Review of Richard Rhodes, Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race (New York: Knopf, 2007), Journal of American History 94, no. 4 (June 2008).


Review of Kenneth Osgood, Total Cold War: Eisenhower’s Secret Propaganda Battle at Home and Abroad (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2006), Journal of Cold War Studies 10, no. 2 (Spring 2008).


Review of David K. Johnson, The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2004), The Historian 69, no. 3 (Fall 2007).


Review of Wilson P. Dizard, Jr., Inventing Public Diplomacy: The Story of the U.S. Information Agency (Boulder, Co.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004), Journal of Cold War Studies 9, no. 2 (Spring 2007).


Review of Douglas B. Craig, Fireside Politics: Radio and Political Culture in the United States, 1920-1940 (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000) and Michael S. Sweeney, Secrets of Victory: The Office of Censorship and the American Press and Radio in World War II (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001), The American Historical Review 107, no. 1 (February 2002).


Review of Robert David Johnson, Ernest Gruening and the American Dissenting Tradition (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998), The Historian 62, no. 4 (Summer 2000).


Review of Barbara Dianne Savage, Broadcasting Freedom: Radio, War, and the Politics of Race, 1938-1948 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999), The Historian 62, no. 4 (Summer 2000).


Book Review Editor, H-DC discussion network (History of Washington, D.C.), H-Net, Michigan State University (, 2001 – 2008.


Review of book manuscripts for the University of North Texas Press and Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2003; University of Massachusetts Press, 2008; University of Nevada Press, 2009.


Review of textbooks for Bedford Books/St. Martin’s, Oxford University Press, Thomson/Wadsworth, and Prentice-Hall, 1999-2005, 2009.


Article referee for the Journal of Cold War History, 2011; Journal of Cold War Studies, 2006, 2011, 2012; Journal of Military History, 2010; Washington History, 2012.


Papers and presentations

Feb. 2013        “Freedom’s Long Trek: The 1963 March on Washington, D.C.,” public address, Carnegie-Stout Library, Dubuque, Iowa.


June 2012        Teachers as Historians Summer Seminar, presentation (three sessions), Rice University, Houston, Texas.


Sept. 2011       “Awaiting the Sirens’ Call: American Encounters with Disaster Planning from Hiroshima to 9/11,” keynote address, Annual History Forum, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa.


June 2011        Spies, Subversives, and Government Surveillance During the Cold War,” presentation, History Channel Seminar Series, Newberry Library, Chicago, Ill.


Mar. 2011       “Defending the Uniform: Biracial Unity among Black and White Servicemen in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1918,” paper delivered at the annual conference of the Organization of American Historians, Houston, Texas.


Feb. 2011        “The FBI in Chicago: COINTELPRO’s Campaign Against the Black Panther Party and Other Organizations during the 1960’s,” Teachers as Scholars program, Newberry Library, Chicago, Ill.


May 2010       “Dwight D. Eisenhower and the First Generation of Federal Emergency Planners,” presentation to the U.S. General Service Administration’s Office of Emergency Response and Recovery, GSA Expo 2010, Orlando, Fla.


Mar. 2010       “Chicago’s Race Riot of 1919,” presentation to the Newberry Teachers’ Consortium, Newberry Library, Chicago, Ill.


Oct. 2009        “Roadmap of American History,” presentation on teaching World War I, U-46 School District (Elgin, Ill.).


Feb. 2009        “The Race Riots of 1919: America’s War at Home,” presentation in the Ideas for a New Century: Liberal Arts and Education Faculty Forum Series 2008-2009, University of Wisconsin, Platteville.


Jan. 2009         “The Red Summer: America’s Race War, 1919,” Teachers as Scholars program, Newberry Library, Chicago, Ill.


April 2008      “‘We will show the world what it has never seen before’: Milwaukee’s African American Community, 1919-1939,” keynote address delivered at the opening of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society’s exhibit, “March on Milwaukee: More Than One Struggle,” Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisc.


April 2008      “Red Summer: America’s Race War, 1919,” lecture delivered at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisc.


Nov. 2007       “Washington’s 1919 Race Riot,” paper presented at the 34th Annual Conference on Washington, D.C., Historical Studies, Washington, D.C. 


July 2007        “What Twain Foresaw: America’s Struggle to Win Hearts and Minds in the Philippines and Vietnam,” Sunday Lecture Series, the Masters in American History and Government program, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio.


July 2007        Faculty leader, Homewood-Flossmoor American History Consortium, a two-day seminar on the origins of the Cold War for high school teachers of American history in the Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) school district.


Mar. 2007       “Secrecy, Surveillance, and the National Security State,” Connecting with American History Project, a professional development program for teachers of American history in Chicago’s public schools, National Archives and Records Administration—Great Lakes Region, Chicago, Ill.                        


Oct. 2006        Plenary speaker at the 33rd Annual Conference on Washington, D.C., Historical Studies; speaker at the Montgomery County (Md.) Historical Society.


June 2006        Faculty leader, Summer Institute, Connecting with American History Project, Newberry Library, Chicago, Ill.


Mar. 2006       Faculty leader for a colloquium on the Vietnam War for the Newberry Library’s Chicago History Project.


Aug. 2005       Faculty leader, Summer Institute, Newberry Library’s Connecting with American History Project.


Jan. 2004        “Of spies and spin: Cold War politics and communist espionage,” presentation to the Newberry Teachers’ Consortium, the Newberry Library, Chicago, Ill.


Sept. 2002      “Cold War Capital: The Effects of National Security Planning on Washington, D.C., 1945-1960,” paper delivered at the 1st Biennial Urban History Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Nov. 2000     “Apathy and the Atom: The D.C. Office of Civil Defense after World War II,” paper delivered at the 27th Annual Conference on Washington, D.C., Historical Studies, Washington, D.C.


June 1999      “Erasing the Color Line: The Voice of America and African Americans, 1947- 1953,” paper delivered at the annual conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Princeton University.  


April 1998     “God, Monogamy, and the Newsroom? The 1953 McCarthy Investigation of the Voice of America,” paper delivered at the annual conference of the Organization of American Historians, Indianapolis, Ind.


April 1997      “‘Will it play in Peoria?’ The 1950 Campaign of Truth and the Reconstruction of American Cold War Propaganda,” paper delivered at the annual conference of the British Association of American Studies, the University of Birmingham, England.


Documentary film work

Provided historical guidance to Atlantic Productions for episode 5 (“Secret U.S. Bunkers”) of season 2 of “Lost Worlds,” which aired on the History Channel on August 29, 2007.


Appeared in Tower Productions’ documentary “American Doomsday,” which aired on the National Geographic Channel on November 8, 2010.


Fellowships and Grants

Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison, University of Wisconsin System Fellowship, Spring 2011.


University of Wisconsin System Institute on Race and Ethnicity Research Grant, 2007-08.


UW-Platteville, Scholarly Activity Improvement Fund grants, 2000, 2005, and 2007.


National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2003.


White House Historical Association/Organization of American Historians Fellowship, 2003.


Harry S. Truman Library Institute Research Grants, 1995 and 2001.


Eisenhower Foundation, Abilene Travel Grant, 2001.


Hoover Presidential Library Association Grant, 1995.


Everett M. Dirksen Congressional Center Research Grant, 1994.


Awards and Recognition

UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education, Excellence in Professional Development Award, 2007.


Courses Taught

History of the U.S. since 1877.                         History of U.S. Foreign Relations.

Imperialism in Africa and Asia.                        Twentieth Century America.

The Vietnam War.                                              Twentieth Century Europe.

African American History since 1619.              The United States since 1945.

The United States, 1898-1945.