Geography 2050

Dr. Alan Kraut

American University

Dr. Alan M. Kraut is a Professor of History at American University and a non-resident fellow of the Migration Policy Institute. Specializing in immigration, ethnic history, and the history of medicine in the United States, he is the author or editor of nine books and many scholarly articles. His written volumes include The Huddled Masses: The Immigrant in American Society, 1880-1921 (1982; 2nd ed. 2001), Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and the “Immigrant Menace” (1994), and Goldberger’s War: The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader (2003), a study of United States Public Health Service physician Dr. Joseph Goldberger’s investigation of pellagra in the early twentieth century South. Silent Travelers won the Theodore Saloutos Prize from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, while Goldberger’s War received the Henry Adams Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government and the Arthur Viseltear Prize from the American Public Health Association. In 2007, he and his wife, Deborah, co-authored Covenant of Care: Newark Beth Israel and the Jewish Hospital in America. He published Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping America’s Immigration Story (co-edited) in 2013. He is currently writing a history of xenophobia and nativism throughout American history. Dr. Kraut’s research has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Institutes of Health. He is a past President of the Organization of American Historians and is the current President of the National Coalition for History. He is an elected fellow of the Society of American Historians. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society in 2017.