Peter Rutkoff
Curriculum Vitae

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A.B. St. Lawrence University, 1964

M.A. and Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1965, 1971


National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, 1997-

Professor of History, Kenyon College 1985-

Associate Professor of History, Kenyon College 1978-85

Assistant Professor of History, Kenyon College 1971-77

Visiting Instructor of History, Union College 1970-71

Visiting Associate Professor, Graduate Faculty MALS, The New School for Social Research Spring 1979, Summer 1982


Director, NEH Summer Seminar, "The American Scene, Texts of the Depression," 1997

Professor of the Year, Ohio, 1993, The Carnegie Foundation and The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

Director, NEH Summer Seminar for Secondary Teachers, "American Studies - Texts of the Post-War Era, 1945-1960." 1993

Outstanding Faculty Award: Black Student Union, Kenyon College, 1990 and 1998

Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, first recipient, Kenyon College, 1990

Director, NEH Summer Seminar for Secondary Teachers, "American Studies: Texts of the 1930s," Summer, 1990; Renewed 1992

Outstanding Teacher Award, Ohio Academy of History, 1989

Special Commendation, Cleveland Board of Education--for work in public high schools, November 1986

Knox County--NEA Distinguished Service Award for Contributions to Public Education, 1985

Senior Cup, Awarded for Collegiate Excellence, 1988

Baccalaureate Address, Elected by Senior Class, Kenyon College,1978


Scholar in Residence, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Summer 1998.

Smithsonian Fellowship--Stipend to work with the Archives of American Art, 1987-88, 1992-3

NEH Travel to Collections Grant, 1993

NEH Project Grant--New York Modern, 1987-1989 shared with William B. Scott

Mellon Grant Coordinator--Faculty Seminar in American Studies, 1987-88, created Kenyon's program in American Studies

NEH Fellowship--New York Modern, 1986-87

Kenyon College, Faculty Development, Coordinator to create interdisciplinary, team-taught course on the Holocaust

NEH Summer Seminar Participant, "Mies van der Rohe and American Architecture," 1984

NEH Fellowship, The New School, 1981-82

American Philosophical Society--Travel Grant for research, 1979- 80

Kenyon College, Faculty Development Grant--research in Paris on the Ecole Libre, Summer 1978

Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation--stipend shared with William B. Scott--The New School Project, 1978-79

NEH Fellow, Special Seminar, The New Social History, CUNY Graduate Center, Summer 1976

Fulbright Fellowship, Paris, 1968-69


Modern America, American Studies, Western Cultural History


New York Modern: The Arts and the City 1890-1970, with William B. Scott (Forthcoming, Johns Hopkins University Press).

New School: A History of The New School for Social Research 1917-1970, with William B. Scott (Free Press, 1986).

Revanche and Revision: The Origins of the Radical Right in France 1880-1900 (Ohio University Press, 1981).

The Inner Nazi, by Hans Staudinger, edited with an Introduction and Historical Preface by Peter M. Rutkoff and William B. Scott (Louisiana State University Press, Fall 1981).


"Golemby's Running" Crab Orchard Review, Fall, 1997.


Baseball and American Culture: Jackie Robinson and the Transformation of the National Past-time, ed. Proposed, Syracuse University Press

Six Stories (fiction)

State Street (fiction)


"Appalachian Spring: An Artistic Collaboration" with William B. Scott, Prospects, 1996.

"New York Baseball, The City Speaks," Prospects, 1996.

"The Origins of Bebop," with William B. Scott, Kenyon Review, Spring, 1996.

"Two Bass Hit: Baseball, Race and Demography in New York," accepted for presentation and publication, Baseball and the American Culture, Cooperstown Symposium, 1991.

"The Spiritual Underground: Robert Motherwell and Abstract Expressionism 1942-48," (submitted).

Several articles for the New York Encyclopedia, Yale University Press, 1995.

"Ellis Island to Ebbets Field," Review. Journal of the American Jewish Archives, 1995.


"Die Schaffung der 'Universitat in Exile'" in German Emigration, ed. Ilja Srubar, Konstanz (1986). With William B. Scott.

"The Road Not Taken: The New School 1919-1939" in The Organization of Knowledge in Modern America, 1920- 1970. ed. by Olson and Voss, American Academy of Arts and Science. In press. With William B. Scott.

"The French in New York: Structure and Resistance," with William B. Scott, Social Research, Fall 1983.

"Democracy and Fascism: Social Theory in Europe and America, 1929-1939," with William B. Scott in State, Culture and Society, Vol. l. #1, Fall 1984.

"Hans Staudinger: An Intellectual Portrait," by Peter M. Rutkoff and William B. Scott, Annals of Scholarship, Fall 1980.

"Letters to America: The Correspondence of Marc Bloch1940-41," by Peter M. Rutkoff and William B. Scott, French Historical Studies, Fall, 1981.


"Thomas Eakins, Mary Ann Moore, Lewis Hine: Baseball in American Cultural Landscape," A Seminar for the Harvard Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture, October, 1996.

"The 1950s Revisited: A Critical Comment," Ohio Academy of History, April, 1996.

"Ralph Ellison, Then and Now," Honors Day address, St. Charles School, Columbus, Ohio, 1995.

"How Did We Know: America and the Holocaust," President's Lecture, St. John's College, March, 1995.

"Possibilities: Art and Politics in New York, 1944-48", paper, Conference: The French in New York, NYC, April, 1992.

"Who Killed Seymour Glass: Reflections on the 1950s," First Carlisle Lecture in History, St. Lawrence University, April, 1991.

"Jackie Robinson and Ray Dandridge," St. Ignatius High School, Honors Day, February, 1991.

"Jacob Lawrence, American Painter, African-American Painter, Modern Painter?", World of Difference Conference, Cleveland, April, 1991.

"The International Style: Modern Architecture and Modern Art" paper at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, New York, December 1985.

"Emil Lederer, Hans Staudinger and Max Ascoli: European Social Theory in America," paper, Convocation of the 50th Anniversary of the University in Exile, New York, October 1983.

"French Fascism, A Critical Review," Commentary, Annual meeting of the American Historical Association, Los Angeles, California, December 1981.

"Levi-Strauss, Structuralism and the Resistance," Faculty Lecture, St. Lawrence University, April 1981.

"The New School: Its History and Archives," New York University Graduate Program in History, April 1979.

"The University in Exile and Fascism," to the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, October 1979.

"Les Universitaires en exile: L'Ecole Libre et le New School 1939-46," to the Ecole Libre des Hautes Etudes, April 1979.


"Minority Recruitment in Concurrent Enrollment Programs," AAHE Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 1998.

"Workshops for Teaching History," Education Partnerships Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona, 1997.

"School Days," Education Week, March 8, 1995.

"Robert King Goes to College" Op Ed page, Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 1993.

"School-College Collaboration" ISACS Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, November, 1991.

"Collaborative Teaching: The American History Survey," Ohio Academy of History, April, 1990.

"Summer Programs for Miniority Students," Black Issues in Higher Education, Spring, 1988.

"From Memory to History," Anne Frank Exhibition, Columbus Jewish Federation, March 1987.

"Teaching the Holocaust," Workshops of B'nai Brith for the Columbus Public Schools, January 1987.

"Kenyon's Summer Seminars--Minority Recruitment," GLCA Minority Affairs Conference, September 1986.

"Cooperative Teaching," presentation at the Midwestern Association of Independent Schools, November 1985.

"John Hay High: No Joke About It" Op Ed page, Cleveland Plain Dealer. September 17, 1985.

"On Teaching" Honors Society address, John Hay High School (Cleveland), April 1985.

"Kenyon's Program in School-College Cooperation" presentation at the National School-College Articulation Conference, LaGuardia Community College, October 1984.


Chair: Department of History 1990-1994

Director: American Studies Program 1989-92; 1993-94; 1996-

Coordinator: Educational Outreach Programs. Liaison with Kenyon programs in public education, teacher education, and miniority recruitment. Policy coordination, grant writing, long range planning and recruitment. Administrative Supervisor of special outreach programs, including the Kenyon Summer Seminar, and the Kenyon Writing Institute, SCAP faculty workshops.

Director: Kenyon-Columbus Collaborative in American Studies, funded by the Columbus Foundation, 1995, 1996.

Director: Kenyon Summer Seminar, 1986. Intensive program for inner city students at Kenyon to pursue college level courses. Wrote curriculum integrating history and English, and mathematics and science; directed staff; planned program.

Executive Director: Kenyon Summer Seminars, 1987-

Special Kenyon Representative to Cleveland Public Schools Steering Committee of Cleveland Area Colleges to assist Cleveland Public Schools.

Co-Chair, Committee on School-College Cooperative; Cleveland Commission on Higher Education 1992-

Director: School College Articulation Project (SCAP)1983-present. Coordinate 20 Kenyon faculty who direct 40 secondary teachers at 18 partner secondary schools in courses enrolling 1000 students in courses for college credit. Administer questions of personnel, budget, curriculum for the program.

Author of 1997 Grant to Silverweed Foundation to support entering Kenyon SCAP students.

Author of 1995 and 1996 Grant from Columbus Foundation to support the Columbus-Kenyon Colaboration in American Studies.

Coauthor of 1984 Grant from NEH extend SCAP program into rural and four Cleveland public high schools. Coordinated special summer seminars in English and history to assist new teachers in the program. Renewed, 1987.

Coauthor of 1984 and 1987 Grants from FIPSE to create and extend 5-Step program, a five year double degree program in cooperation with Teachers College, Columbia University, the Bank Street College of Education and Tufts University to attract liberal arts students to the teaching profession.

Coauthor of 1985 Grant to Gund Foundation to establish a Kenyon Summer Seminar program for Cleveland minority high school students.

Coauthor of grants to Joyce Foundation to create faculty summer seminars for the SCAP Program.

Consultant: New School Film Project, NEH-funded pilot project, "The Exiles." WNET, 1989

Consultant/Reader: NEH Youth Grants, 1983 NEH Younger Scholar 1984 Advanced Placement Program, 1978, 80, 82; NEH Preservations, 1990, 91, 93; Portland State University, Outreach Programs; St. Lawrence University, Outreach Programs, Library of Congress.

Manuscript Reader: L.S.U. Press, Ohio University Press, The American Historical Review, University of Massachusetts Press, Editorial Board: State, Culture and Society; National Committee for History Education: Founding Member, Evaluation Team.

Ohio Teachers Academy: Advisory Board.


Senate, 1974

Faculty Council, 1975

Faculty Affairs--Chair, 1977-78

Faculty Development, 1982

Founder: Gambier Folk Festival, 1971-

Advisor: Black Student Union, 1985-1992

Gambier Organization for Cultural Awareness, 1985-1992

Union of Jewish Students, 1974-80

College Task Force on Diversity, 1986-1992

Kenyon-Mt. Vernon Educational Alliance--Chair, 1988-

Kenyon-Columbus Educational Project--Chair, 1988-


NEH Seminar, American Social History and Slavery, with Herbert Guttman, 1976

German I, II & III, Kenyon College and the New School for Social Research, 1978-81.

NEH Seminar, Mies Van der Rohe and American Architecture, with Richard Pommer, Vassar College, 1984.

History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Robert Heilbronner and Reiner Schurman, Graduate Faculty, New School, 1982.

European Rationalism, Graduate Faculty, New School, 1981.

Modern Art 1890-1970, Kenyon College, 1987.

American Painting, 1750-1950, Kenyon College, 1988.



American Studies - An Artifactual Introduction

American History Survey

American Culture and Society 1930-1970

The 1960s

Cinema and Society - Europe 1930-1970

The Holocaust, an Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Modern Europe Since the 16th Century

American Immigration, Cities and People


The 1930s - Politics, Arts and Society

American Culture in the 20th Century

American Culture 1945-1960: Text and Context

Europe and America: The Social Sciences

Europe in America: Cultural History

Work, Class and Gender - France and America in the 19th Century

The 1950s: The Beat Generation

Baseball and American Culture

Chicago: History and Culture

The Great Migration and the Building of Urban America

North by South: The NEH Seminar in African American Urban History