Kenneth T. Jackson

Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences

Columbia University

The Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University, where he has also been Chairman of the Department of History, Kenneth T. Jackson earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago and served for three years as an officer in the United States Air Force before joining the Columbia faculty in 1968. He has served as president of the Urban History Association (1994-1995), the Society of American Historians (1998-2000), the Organization of American Historians (2000-2001), and the New-York Historical Society (2001-2004), and he has been a featured guest of the NBC Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, ABC Nightline, CBS Up to the Minute, CNN, the History Channel, and more than three dozen documentaries. In 1989, the students of Columbia honored him as teacher of the year and gave him their 28th annual Mark Van Doren Award for "humanity, devotion to truth, and inspiring leadership." In 1996, Columbia President George Rupp appointed him co-chairman of the University's 250th anniversary commemoration. In 1999, the Society of Columbia Graduates chose Professor Jackson for its annual Great Teacher Award. In 2001, the New York Council for the Humanities selected him as New York State Scholar of the Year. Professor Jackson also holds more than two dozen other awards, including four honorary degrees.

A present or past member of the editorial boards of numerous professional journals, Professor Jackson is the co-author with Camilo J. Vergara of Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery (1989). His other books include The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915-1930 (1967); Atlas of American History (1978); Cities in American History (1972); and American Vistas (with Leonard Dinnerstein), which went through seven editions between 1970 and 1998. His latest book, written in collaboration with David Dunbar, is Empire City: New York Through the Centuries (2002). Professor Jackson's best known publication, Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States (1985), won both the Francis Parkman and the Bancroft Prizes, and the New York Times chose it as one of the notable books of the year. By 2004, Crabgrass Frontier had been reprinted five times in hardback and twenty-four times in paperback.