Kenneth T. Jackson

Kenneth T. Jackson

Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences

603 Fayerweather Hall
Phone: (212) 854-2555
Office Hours: Monday 3-5pm, Tuesday 5-6pm, & by appointment


Ph.D. — University of Chicago 1966
M. A. — University of Chicago 1963
B. A. — University of Memphis 1961

Interests and Research

Kenneth T. Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences and Director of the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History, specializes in urban, social, and military history.


  • Honorary Doctorates from the City University of New York, the State University of New York, the University of the South at Sewanee, and St. Peter's College
  • Notable New Yorker Award, The Skyscraper Museum, 1999
  • Dean's Distinguished Award in the Humanities, College of Physicians And Surgeons, 1999
  • Gold Medal of Merit, St. Nicholas Society of New York
  • Distinguished Award in the Humanities, College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • President, Urban History Association
  • President, Society of American Historians
  • President, Organization of American Historians
  • President, The New-York Historical Society
  • The Bancroft Prize for Crabgrass Frontier
  • The Francis Parkman Prize for Crabgrass Frontier
  • Society of Columbia Graduates, Great Teacher Award, 1999
  • Tannenbaum-Warner Award of the Columbia University Seminars, 2000
  • New York State Scholar of the Year, 2001
  • Servant of Education Award of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, 2003
  • Delbarton Medal, Delmont School, New Jersey, 2004
  • Benson-Pintard Medal, New-York Historical Society, 2004
  • Nicholas Murray Butler Medal, Columbia University, 2005
  • The Urban History Association renames its Best Book in American History to the Kenneth Jackson Prize, 2006

Selected Publications


The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915-1930

The Almanac of New York City

American Vistas

Cities in American History

Atlas of American History

Crabgrass Frontier: the Suburbanization of the United States

Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery

Editor-in-Chief, The Encyclopedia of New York City

Editor-in-Chief, Dictionary of American Biography

The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn

Empire City: New York Through the Centuries

Editor-in-Chief, The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives

Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York

Scholarly Articles

"All the World's a Mall: Reflections on the Social and Economic Consequences of the American Shopping Center," American Historical Review, October 1996, pp. 1111-1121.

"NCHE: Where School and University Meet," The History Teacher, February 1998.

"Manila John of Guadacanal: Hero of the Pacific War," in Susan Ware, ed., Forgotten Heroes of American History (New York: Basic Books, 1998).

"Reflections on the Consolidation of New York," New York Law School Law Review, XLII, (1998), pp. 713-721.

"Divided Highways," review essay in Harvard Design Magazine, Winter-Spring, 1999, pp. 84-85.

"The Future of New York, 1898-1998," Fordham Urban Law Journal, XXVII (October 1999), pp. 167-196.

"Introduction," to Jameson Doig, Empire on the Hudson: The New York Port Authority (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000).

"Gentleman's Agreement: Discrimination in Metropolitan America," in Bruce Katz, ed., Reflections on Regionalism (Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2000, pp. 185-217.

"Memphis, Tennessee: The Rise and Fall of Main Street," in William E. Leuchtenburg, ed., American Places: Encounters with History (New York:Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 169-184.

"Is History Flunking as a Profession?" OAH Newsletter (August, 2000), p. 13.

"Introduction," in Perspectives on the Collections of the New-York Historical Society (New York: New-York Historical Society, 2000), pp. 1-9.

"The History Monograph and Electronic Publishing," OAH Newsletter (February, 2001), p. 11.

"Days of Rage: The Rise and Fall of a Great City, July 12-15, 1967," in Alan Brinkley and James McPherson, eds., Days of Destiny (New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2001).

Op Ed, "Why 8,008,278 is an Important Number," New York Times, March 30, 2001.

"Making History Matter Again: The Bradley Commission on History in Schools: A Retrospective," The Lion Letter, Summer, 2001

"The Transformation of the American Metropolis (1825-1861)," in Catherine Hoover Vorsanger, ed., Great Emporium Empire City (Yale University Press, 2001).

"The Power of History: The Weakness of a Profession," The Journal of American History, March 2002.

"Suburbs: Examining the American Dream," in David Halberstam, ed., Defining a Nation (Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2003) pp. 130-137.

"Introduction, in Gray Williams " Picturing Our Past: National Register Sites in Westchester County, (Elmsford: Westchester County Historical Society, 2003)

Op Ed, "Heart of Darkness," Wall Street Journal, April 18, 2003.

Op Ed, "From Rail to Ruin," New York Times, November 2, 2003.

"Introduction," in Sara Cedar Miller Central Park: An American Masterpiece (New York: Harnny N. Abrams, 2003)

"Rudolph Giuliani's Legacy," Gotham Gazette, Summer, 2004, 31.

"Seemingly Insignificant: The Importance of Ordinary Artifacts from the World Trade Center," The New York Journal of American History, Fall, 2004, 141-142.

"The Operator," Review of Kenneth D. Ackerman, Boss Tweed: The Rise and Fall of the Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York, in Washington Post, March 27, 2005.

"The Road to Hell: The United States, Japan, and the Evolution of National Patterns of Transport and Suburban Housing," in Proceedings of the Kyoto American Studies Seminar, August 1-3, 2005, (Center for American Studies, Risumeikan University, Kyoto, 2006), pp. 93-110.

"A Nation of Suburbs," in Ellen J. Keiter, I Love the Burbs (Katonah Museum of Art, 2005), pp. 3-4. "Foreword," in Roger Panetta, Westchester: The American Suburb (New York: Fordham University Press, 2006)

"New York City," in David Goldfield, ed., The Encyclopedia of American Urban History (Sage Publications, 2007)

"From These Honored Dead: Memorial Day and Veterans Day in American History," History Now.

"Foreword," in Becky Nicolaides and James Andrew Wiese, The Suburb Reader, (New York and London: Routledge, 2007)

"Asher B. Durand's New York: the Life of the City in the Nineteenth Century, " in Linda Ferber ed., Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape (London: D. Giles Limited and the Brooklyn Museum, 2007), pp. 27-44.

"Robert Moses and the Rise of New York: The Power Brower in Perspective," in Robert Moses and the Modern City, pp. 67-71.


  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Committee of the Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Director's Council, Historic House Trust of New York City
  • Fellow, American Antiquarian Society
  • Advisory Board, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
  • Member, Scholars and Archivists Committee, New York State Archives
  • Editorial Board, H-URBAN (an electronic message system of specialists)
  • Editorial Board, New York Journal of American History
  • Director, Henry R. Luce Foundation Trustee, New-York Historical Society
  • Trustee, New York State Historical Association
  • Trustee, National Council for History Education
  • Trustee, Regional Plan Association
  • Trustee, The Society of American Historians, Inc.
  • General Editor, The Columbia History of Urban life
  • Editor-in-Chief, The Encyclopedia of New York City
  • Steward, New York State Archives Partnership Trust