The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


Alum Jacob Kramer interviewed in AHA Member Spotlight

Here’s a short excerpt:

“Have your interests changed since graduation? If so, how?

As a graduate student, I focused on the rationalizations of those in power toward resistance and disorder. There was something of a structural angle to that approach. Since then, I have become more interested in people: documentaries like Eyes on the Prize that focus on individuals’ testimony, biographies of prominent women, and writings of compelling intellectuals such as Randolph Bourne. As a graduate student, I was around historians all the time. But I have been struck by the general lack of historical consciousness in many of our public debates, and I have been preoccupied with trying to get students interested in history. Theoretical issues tend to assume an interest in the substance, so I have been more interested in getting at the substance of issues in a clear and accessible way, and learning more about new subjects.”

For the full interview click here.

Congratulations, Professor Kramer!