Marc Kruman

Professor History
Phone: 313-577-2525


Marc W. Kruman is the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Citizenship and Professor of History at Wayne State University. He has taught American history at Wayne State since 1975. Professor Kruman is the author of two books—Between Authority and Liberty: State Constitution Making in Revolutionary America (1997), and Parties and Politics in North Carolina, 1836-1865 (1983)—and numerous articles. His current research focuses on the development of the interdisciplinary field of citizenship studies and the history of citizenship. He has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities at Harvard University and a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship. In 1999 he was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the University of Rome. At Wayne State University, he has received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award (twice) and a Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Fellowship.


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Ph.D., Yale University
M.A., Yale University
M.Phil., Yale University
B.S., New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University

Select Publications


Between Authority and Liberty: State Constitution Making in Revolutionary America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997, paperback ed., 1999.

Parties and Politics in North Carolina, 1836-1865. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1983.

Articles and Chapters

"William Henry Harrison," in Alan Brinkley, ed., Reader's Companion to the American Presidency (Houghton-Mifflin, 2000).

"John Tyler," in Alan Brinkley, ed., Reader's Companion to the American Presidency (Houghton-Mifflin, 2000).

"Legislatures and Political Rights," in Joel H. Silbey, ed., Encyclopedia of the American Legislative System (Scribners, 1994).

"The Second American Party System and the Transformation of Revolutionary Republicanism," Journal of the Early Republic, 12 (Winter 1992), 509-537.

"Suffrage," in Eric Foner and John Garrity, eds., Reader's Encyclopedia of American History (Houghton-Mifflin, 1991).

"Democratic Party," in Dictionary of Afro-American Slavery (Greenwood Press, 1988).

"Thomas L. Clingman and the Whig Party in North Carolina:  A Reconsideration," North Carolina Historical Review, LXIV (January, 1987), 1-18.

"Historical Methods: Implications for Nursing Research," in Madeline M. Leninger (ed.), Qualitative Research in Nursing (Grune and Stratton, 1985).

"Dissent in the Confederacy:  The North Carolina Experience," Civil War History, 27 (December 1981), 293-313.

"Abraham Lincoln," in Howard R. Lamar, editor, Reader's Encyclopedia of the American West (Thomas Y. Crowell, 1977; revised ed., 1999), 666-667.

"Quotas for Blacks:  The Public Works Administration and the Black Construction Worker," Labor History, 16 (Winter 1975), 37-51.

Papers Presented

 "Citizenship and Republicanism in Revolutionary America," Fulbright Lecture Series, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, April 7, 1999.

"Amistad," delivered at the conference on The Metaphor of the Journey in American Cinema, University of Macerata, Macerata, Italy, April, 1999.

"The Suffrage in Revolutionary America," Organization of American Historians, Anaheim, California, 1993.

"Political Economy, Citizenship, and Parties: The Transformation of Revolutionary Republicanism in the Nineteenth Century," Society for Historians of the Early Republic Meeting, Worcester, Mass., July, 1988.

"Republican Ideology and 19th Century American Political Historiography," American Historical Association Meeting, Washington, D.C., December, 1987.

Guest lecturer on 19th century American politics, N.E.H. Summer Institute on the Constitution and American Politics, Grand Valley State College, Allendale, Michigan, July, 1986.

"The Politics of Southern Sectionalism, 1843_1848," paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, Chicago, December 1984.

"Southern Politics and the Sectional Crisis," paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Guelph, June, 1984.

"The Secession Crisis in North Carolina," paper presented at the Citadel Conference on the South, Charleston, S.C., April, 1981; Charles Warren Center Seminar in the American History, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, April, 1981; Faculty Seminar, North Carolina State University, April, 1981.

Discussant at Symposium entitled, "John Brown:  An Abolitionist's Values Reconsidered," at the Detroit Institute of Arts, October, 1978.