Michael Kazin (born June 6, 1948) is a U.S. historian and professor at Georgetown University. He is co-editor of Dissent magazine.[1]

Early life

Kazin was born in New York City in 1948 and grew up in Englewood, New Jersey. He is the son of literary critic Alfred Kazin. He received a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University, an M.A. in History from Portland State University, and a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University. As a Harvard student he was a leader in Students for a Democratic Society and briefly a member of the Weatherman faction.[2]


Kazin's research interests are American social movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, and he has authored books on labor history (Barons of Labor: The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in the Progressive Era); populism (The Populist Persuasion: An American History), and William Jennings Bryan, (A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan).[3]

Kazin wrote an unsympathetic review of Howard Zinn's 1980 book A People's History of the United States, with the comment: "Bad history, albeit gilded with virtuous intentions."[4]

His latest book American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation, was published by Knopf on August 23, 2011.

Personal life

Kazin married physician Beth C. Horowitz in 1980. They have two children.