Harvey J. Kaye (Credit: Sean Sime)

Harvey J. Kaye


Harvey J. Kaye is the Ben and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies and Director of the Center for History and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

An award-winning writer, he authored Thomas Paine and the Promise of America (2005), Are We Good Citizens? (2001), Thomas Paine: Firebrand of the Revolution (2000), “Why Do Ruling Classes Fear History?” and Other Questions (1996), The Education of Desire (1992), The Powers of the Past (1991), and The British Marxist Historians (1984). He edited The American Radical (1994), E.P. Thompson: Critical Perspectives (1990), Poets, Politics, and the People (1989), and The Face of the Crowd (1988). He has also contributed articles and essays to a diverse array of publications, including The American Prospect, The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Kaye received his B.A. at Rutgers University, his M.A. at the University of London and his Ph.D. at Louisiana State University. His academic career and honors include study at the National University of Mexico, a visiting research fellowship at the University of Birmingham in England, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and selection as an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. He has also served on the boards of several national and international journals and as an adviser to various documentary, theatrical and multi-media projects, including New York City’s Four Freedom Park.

Kaye is the author of Thomas Paine and the Promise of America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great (Simon & Schuster), Take Hold of Our History: Make America Radical Again (Zero Press) and FDR on Democracy The Greatest Speeches and Writings of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Follow him on Twitter: @harveyjkaye