Kenneth Osgood

Kenneth Osgood

Visiting Scholar in the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
Kenneth Osgood
Kenneth Osgood is Professor of History at Colorado School of Mines, where he previously directed the McBride Honors Program in Public Affairs and served as president of the academic faculty.  Ken’s research interests include the history of propaganda and intelligence, the history of media, advertising, and public relations, and U.S. political and diplomatic history.
 
He is the author or editor of five books.  His first book, Total Cold War: Eisenhower’s Secret Propaganda Battle at Home and Abroad, won the Herbert Hoover Book Award for best book on any aspect of U.S. history during the 20th century.   His other publications include: The Cold War after Stalin’s Death: A Missed Opportunity for Peace? (edited with Klaus Larres, 2006); The United States and Public Diplomacy: New Directions in Cultural and International History (edited with Brian C. Etheridge, 2010); Selling War in a Media Age: The Presidency and Public Opinion in the American Century (edited with Andrew K. Frank, 2010); and Winning While Losing?: Civil Rights, the Conservative Movement, and the Presidency from Nixon to Obama (edited with Derrick E. White, 2014). 
 
Ken is currently writing a book that explores the impact on American politics and culture of the longest-running campaign of domestic political propaganda in U.S. History – the Crusade for Freedom – which also functioned as a cover story for the CIA’s anti-communist propaganda station, Radio Free Europe. 
 
Ken taught for ten years at Florida Atlantic University, where he directed the Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency.  Ken has held the Stanley Kaplan Professorship of American Foreign Policy at Williams College, the Mary Ball Washington Fulbright Chair of American History at University College Dublin, and research fellowships at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at U.C. San Diego.   He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
 
Ken serves on the editorial board of Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review and on the Library of Congress Radio Preservation Task Force. Previously, he has served as associate editor of the journal Diplomatic History, a series editor of Palgrave’s History of the Media series, and editor of the Larkin Series on the American Presidency with the University Press of Florida. 
 
He has published articles in the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, and other newspapers, he has been featured in U.S., Canadian, and Japanese documentaries, and he has been interviewed by multiple U.S. and international media outlets.

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