Jacob Kramer

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Associate Professor
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice

EMAIL: jkramer@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: N-669

Office Hours: Monday 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please e-mail for a Zoom link.

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=5258

Jacob Kramer is an associate professor of history at BMCC. He teaches the two halves of the American history survey from the colonial era to the present and the History Methods course required of majors. He is also currently the co-discipline coordinator for the history major. His research focuses on the interactions between those who want to reform the American government and economy and those who want to change it more deeply and rapidly. His book, The New Freedom and the Radicals, which covers the first quarter of the 20th century, was published by Temple University Press in 2015. He is currently working on extending the story of the interactions between these groups into the 1930s and 1940s.


Intellectual History, Gilded Age and Progressive Era, History of Radicalism


  • Ph.D. City University of New York Graduate Center,  American History,  2006
  • M.A. Columbia University,  United States History,  1998
  • B.A. Columbia University,  History,  1993

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • “Radicalism and Reform in the Progressive Era.” Encyclopedia article.
  • “David Lilienthal’s Views on Labor.” How the director of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s views on workers and labor unions changed from his years at Harvard Law School to his time as director of a massive public project during World War II.


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Faculty Fellowship Publication Program, 2011
  • PSC/CUNY Research Award, 2008
  • Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, 2004
  • Colonial Dames of New York Fellowship, 2004
  • E. P. Thompson Fellowship in U.S. History, 2003
  • Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Dissertation Proposal Award, 2003
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship, 1999-2001
  • Vartan Gregorian Fellowship, 1998

Member of American Historical Association and Organization of American Historians.

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