Kenneth S. Greenberg, PhD
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Distinguished Professor, Department of History
Office: Donahue Building, Rm. 134
- PhD, University of Wisconsin
- MA, Columbia University
- BA, Cornell University
Kenneth S. Greenberg was appointed Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences in March 2004.
Dean Greenberg joined the history department at Suffolk University in 1978 and became chair of the history and philosophy departments in 1989. He became Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2000, was named Distinguished Professor of History in July 2003, and was appointed Dean of the College in 2004.
He holds degrees from Cornell, Columbia, and the University of Wisconsin and is a nationally acclaimed author of a number of books about American slavery, including:
- Honor and Slavery: Lies, Duels, Noses, Masks, Dressing as a Woman, Gifts, Strangers, Humanitarianism, Death, Slave Rebellions, the Proslavery Argument, Baseball, Hunting and Gambling in the Old South
- Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory
- The Confessions of Nat Turner
- Masters and Statesmen: The Political Culture of American Slavery
Dean Greenberg is also co-producer and co-writer of the film “Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property,” nationally screened on PBS; as well as recipient of many grants from such organizations as the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard Law School, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard, the W.E.B. DuBois Center at Harvard, the Southern Humanities Media Fund, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Administrative and Teaching History
- Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Suffolk University, 2004-present
- Chair, History Department, Suffolk University, 1989-2004
- Chair, Philosophy Department, Suffolk University, 1989-2004
- Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Suffolk University, 2000-2003
- Distinguished Professor of History, Suffolk University, 2003-present
- Professor of History, Suffolk University, 1987-2003
- Associate Professor of History, Suffolk University, 1982-1987
- Assistant Professor of History, Suffolk University, 1978-1982
- Assistant Professor of History, Alfred University, 1975-1977
- Seminar series for high school teachers on “The Vietnam War in History,” for the Teachers as Scholars Program, Harvard University, 1998.
- “Nat Turner,” seminar for Boston primary and secondary school teachers, sponsored by “Primary Source.” Hosted by Suffolk University, 1999.
- Taught American History for a semester at Suffolk University’s Madrid campus, 1996.
- Co-Creator and then Director of “Integrated Studies,” an interdisciplinary core course required of all new students in the College, 1982-1994.
- Middle School Teacher, Harriett Beecher Stowe Middle School (135th St. and Edgecomb Avenue), New York City Public School System, 1968-1970.
Fellowships, Grants, and Appointments
- Fellow (Associate), W.E.B DuBois Institute, Harvard University, Spring 1998
- Fellow in Law and History, Harvard Law School, September 1990-August 1991 (resident scholar for the academic year)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers, January-December 1988
- Fellow, Charles Warren Center, History Department, Harvard University, January-June 1988 (resident scholar for the academic year)
- Fellow (Associate), Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, July 1988-June 1989
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar in Anthropology and History, Northwestern University, 1980
- Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, September 1977-June 1978
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2002-2004, part of team to write major production grant for 4-part PBS series Re-Making American Medicine. $3,000,000 awarded.
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2002, co-author planning grant for film series Pursuing Perfection: The Attempt to Improve the Quality of American Medical Care. $392,000 awarded.
- National Endowment for the Humanities, 2000-2001, co-author major production grant for film, Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property. $800,000 awarded.
- LEF Foundation, 2001, co-author grant for film Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property. $10,000 awarded.
- Southern Humanities Media Fund, 1999-2000, co-author grant for film Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property. $55,000 awarded.
- Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 1998, co-author grant for film Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property. $5,000 awarded.
- Activity Director, Faculty Development, Title III Grant, Suffolk University, 1982-1986, 1987-1988 (wrote and administered $150,000 grant).
- American Association of Colleges Quill Grant, Fall 1986. Wrote and administered grant for Faculty Seminar to improve “Integrated Studies,” new interdisciplinary required course for Suffolk students.
Board Memberships and other Honors and Responsibilities
- Mirror of Race Project, Board of Directors, 2008-present.
- Ford Hall Forum, Board of Directors, the oldest speaker’s program in the nation, 2008-present.
- Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society (founded 1791), elected May 2008.
- Advisory Board, Voices Rising Project: Assimilation and the American Experience, a professional development program for teachers in Everett, Malden, Medford and Revere, Massachusetts, grades 3, 5 and 8, 2007-2010.
Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory, editor (New York, London and elsewhere: Oxford University Press, 2003; paperback edition, 2004).
Honor and Slavery: Lies, Duels, Noses, Masks, Dressing as a Woman, Gifts, Strangers, Humanitarianism, Death, Slave Rebellions, the Proslavery Argument, Baseball, Hunting and Gambling in the Old South (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1996; paperback edition, 1997).
The Confessions of Nat Turner and Related Documents, editor (Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1996, cloth and paperback).
Masters and Statesmen: The Political Culture of American Slavery (Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985; paperback edition, 1988).
Writer, Historian, and Co-Producer of film Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (60 minutes) 1998-2002. Released for distribution to universities, colleges, and schools by California Newsreel, 2003. PBS sponsoring television station KQED of San Francisco. Major funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Worked in partnership with Director Charles Burnett (described by the New York Times as one the greatest American film directors) and Academy Award nominated Producer Frank Christopher. National screening on PBS as part of Independent Lens film series, February 2004 (over 600 showings on local PBS stations). Interviewed on National Public Radio, and discussed in the New York Times and many other newspapers.
Consulting Producer for film Re-Making American Medicine, 2002-2006 (four one-hour programs broadcast on PBS in October 2006, on the attempt to transform the quality of American medical care). Major funding provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Articles, Chapters, and Essay Reviews
“The Legacy of Bertram Wyatt-Brown’s Southern Honor,” Historically Speaking: The Bulletin of the Historical Society, July/August 2008 Vol. IX, Number 6, 16-17.
“Introduction,” Kenneth S. Greenberg, ed., Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory (New York, London and elsewhere; Oxford University Press, 2003) xi-xix.
“Name, Face, Body,” Kenneth S. Greenberg, ed., Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory (New York, London and elsewhere; Oxford University Press, 2003) 3-23.
“Epilogue: Nat Turner in Hollywood,” Kenneth S. Greenberg, ed., Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory (New York, London and elsewhere; Oxford University Press, 2003) 243-249.
“The Appearance of Honor and the Honor of Appearance,” in Mark M. Smith, The Old South (Oxford, England, and Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers, 2001) 76-91. Selection reprinted from Honor and Slavery.
“Nat Turner,” in Paul Finkelman and Joseph C. Miller, eds., Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery (New York: Macmillan Reference U.S.A.; London: Simon & Schuster and Prentice Hall International, 1998).
“The Confessions of Nat Turner: Text and Context,” Kenneth S. Greenberg, ed., The Confessions of Nat Turner and Related Documents (Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1996) 1-35.
“Rebel Tale,” letter published in The New Yorker in response to Tony Horwitz’s article “Untrue Confessions,” The New Yorker, January 24, 2000.
“The Origins of the Civil War: A New Interpretation,” Reviews in American History, vol. 24 (1996) 607-612.
“Gettysburg: Men in Beards,” Radical Historians Newsletter, no. 69 (November, 1993).
“Anglophobia, Southern Nationalism and the Sectional Conflict,” in Michael Perman, ed., The Causes of the Civil War (D.C. Heath, 1993; edited selections from Masters and Statesmen).
“The Nose, The Lie and the Duel in the Antebellum South,” American Historical Review, vol. 95, no. 1 (February 1990) 57-74.
“Creativity: From Asexual to Sexual Production,” in David Tuerck, ed., Creativity and Liberal Learning: Problems and Possibilities in American Education (Norwood, New Jersey: Ablex Publishing Company, 1987).
“Black Women and White Men in the Antebellum South,” Reviews in American History, vol. 15, no. 2 (June 1987) 252-258.
“The Meaning of Death in Slave Society,” Research in Law, Deviance and Social Control, vol. 8, Steven Spitzer and Andrew T. Scull, eds. (Greenwich, Connecticut: JAI Press, 1986) 113-130.
“Why Masters Are Slaves.” Reviews in American History, Vol. II, No. 3 (September 1983), 386-389.
“The Ideology of Racial Anglo-Saxonism.” Reviews in American History, Vol. 10, No. 3 (September 1982), 353-357.
“Civil War Revisionism.” Reviews in American History, Vol. 7, No. 2 (June 1979), 202-208.
“The Civil War and the Redistribution of Land: Adams County, Mississippi 1860-1870,” Agricultural History, Vol. 52, No. 2 (April 1978), 292-307.
“Representation and the Isolation of South Carolina, 1776-1860,” Journal of American History, Vol. 64, No. 3 (December 1977), 723-743.
“Revolutionary Ideology and the Proslavery Argument: The Abolition of Slavery in Antebellum South Carolina,” Journal of Southern History, vol. XLII, no. 3 (August, 1976) 365-384; Reprinted in Paul Finkelman, ed., Articles on American Slavery, vol. 12 (New York: Garland Publishing, 1989).
Major Papers, Addresses, Comments, Panels
“Nat Turner,” Workshop and lecture for Boston public school teachers, JFK Library, Boston, July 2011.
Organization of American Historians, Distinguished Lecturer in History for 2011-2012.
Organization of American Historians, Distinguished Lecturer in History at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri, “Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory,” May 2010.
“Performance and The Slave Narrative of Harriet Jacobs,” talk delivered after performance of a play based on the life of Harriett Jacobs, Central Square Theater, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2010.
“Nat Turner,” guest lecture to combined Expository Writing classes, Harvard University, Fall 2008.
Opening Remarks as host of the 14th Annual Conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Suffolk University, June 2008.
“Southern Honor,” talk on the 25th anniversary of the publication of Bertram Wyatt-Brown’s Southern Honor, Southern Historical Association, November 2007.
Seminar on slavery in America, part of a program presented to school teachers from Everett, Malden, Revere and Medford, Massachusetts, entitled “Voices Rising: Assimilation and the American Experience.” A Teaching American History Grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education; partners included University of Massachusetts -Lowell, Tri-City Educational and Technology Cooperative, Boston National Historic Park, Boston African American National Historic Site, Lowell National Historic Park, Minute Man National Monument, Old North Church, Boston Public Library, and Saugus Ironworks National Historic Site, July 2006.
“William Styron and Nat Turner,” talk at Boston Public Library at memorial event after the death of Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist William Styron. Part of a panel of speakers including Norman Mailer, Robert Brustein and Geraldine Brooks, December 2006.
“The Nat Turner Slave Rebellion in History and Film,” opening remarks at the screening of “Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property” at Boston’s Museum of African American History as part of a program for Boston school teachers, June 2006.
“Medicine, Film and Transparency,” Opening Remarks at Screening of Re-Making American Medicine, Suffolk University, October 2006.
“‘Nat Turner’ and ‘Murder at Harvard’: Revolutions in Documentary Filmmaking,” The Organization of American Historians, March 2004.
“Nat Turner and the Making of a Documentary Film,” Graduate Seminar, Yale University, February 2004.
“A Historian, A Slave Rebel and a Film: Reflections on ‘Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory,’” The American Historical Association, January 2004.
“Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property,” screening and talk at Berry College, Georgia, January 2004.
Commentary on “Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property,” National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” February 2004.
Comments on “Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property,” at Suffolk University Alumni Event, February 2004.
“Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property,” screening and talk about film at the annual meeting of the Oral History Association, October 2003.
Guest Speaker for “Major Themes in American Historical Writing,” screening and talk about “Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property,” Harvard University, 2003.
“Plagiarism,” a talk to the Suffolk University community, Spring 2003.
Panel discussion and screening of “Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property,” James River Film Festival, Richmond, Virginia, April 2003.
Guest on the Tavis Smiley Show, National Public Radio, conversation about book Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory, Spring 2003.
Plenary Session of the New England Historical Association, screening and talk about film “Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property,” April 2003.
“Film, History and the Making of Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property,” talk and film screening at Duke University program at Venice International University, Venice, Italy, 2003.
“A Historian, A Slave Rebel and Film,” talk and film screening at the Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, November 2002.
“The Making of Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property,” talk and film screening at event sponsored by the History Department, Brown University, April 2003.
“Film, History and the Making of Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property,” talk at film screening sponsored by the History Department, Boston College, Spring 2003.
Panel Discussion and Screening of Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property, Doubletake Film Festival, North Carolina, 2002.
Lowell Lecture, Suffolk University. Screening of Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property for approximately 250 students, faculty and Boston area guests. Participant in panel discussion along with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Styron, Director Charles Burnett, and producer Frank Christopher; October 2002.
“Nat Turner,” Knepper Lecturer at the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio. Spoke to a general audience of 200 people; 2001.
“Nat Turner: Wrestling with Biography,” paper presented at The Southern Historical Association, 2000.
“Revolutionary Warfare,” Moderator and Commentator, The Historical Society, 2000.
“The Caning of Charles Sumner,” delivered at the “Two Souths” conference, comparing the South of Italy and the United States South, at The University London, England, 1999.
“Possibilities,” Convocation address to new Suffolk University students, 1998.
“Honor in the Old South,” The University of Richmond, 1998.
“Comment” on Randolph Roth, “The Role of Honor in Northern and Southern Violence,” and Bruce C. Baird, “The Social Origins of Dueling in Virginia,” for a session entitled “New Perspectives on Honor, Violence and the South,” at a meeting of The Southern Historical Association, 1998.
Comment on Lynn Lyerly, “Evangelical Masculinity: Christianity, Manhood, and Honor in the South, 1770-1810,” Massachusetts Historical Society, May 1997.
“English and History,” talk to the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, Suffolk University, 1997.
“Writing and History,” talk to the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee, Suffolk University, 1996.
“Honor and Slavery,” United States Information Agency Program on Law and Social Change, at Boston College Law School, July 1996.
“Baseball and Slavery,” Brandeis University, Spring 1994.
“Baseball, Slavery, Hunting and Death,” The Willis Russell Lecturer (23rd), Alfred University, 1993.
“Gifts, Strangers, Slavery and Humanitarianism in the Old South,” Harvard Law School, March 1992; Suffolk University’s Integrated Studies Faculty, 1992.
“Joseph Smith, the Bible, Marxist Historical Thought, and Yertle the Turtle,” comments on Oedipus Lex for a Suffolk Law School Conference sponsored by the American Bar Association, 1991.
“Baseball, Slavery, Hunting and Death,” Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, February 1991; Suffolk University, October 1991; Boston University Law School, March 1992.
“Racism and History,” Suffolk University, December 1989.
“Synthesis and History,” paper in response to Elizabeth Fox-Genovese at College of William and Mary Conference at inauguration of the Commonwealth Center for the Study of American Culture, February 1989.
“Honor, Power, Dressing as a Woman, and Slavery,” Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, November 1988.
“Slavery, Emancipation and Race,” Critical Legal Studies Conference, American University, Washington College of Law, October 1988.
“The Lie, The Duel and the Nose in the Antebellum South,” Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, 1988; Suffolk University, 1989.
“The Integrated Studies Course at Suffolk University,” The Freshman Year Experience Conference, White Plains, New York, April 1988.
Critique of David Brion Davis, “Slavery and Human Progress,” Plenary session of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, July 1987.
“The Meaning of Death in Slave Society,” American Antiquarian Society, February 1987.
“Masters and the Idea of Death in Slave Society,” Organization of American Historians, April 1987.
“Creativity: From Asexual to Sexual Production,” presented at the 50th Anniversary of the College at Suffolk University, 1985.
“The Rhythm of Southern Statesmanship,” presented at the Southern Historical Association, 1983.
“The Culture of Southern Dueling,” American Historical Association, 1982; Boston University Law School, 1981; American Antiquarian Society, 1980.
“The New Deal,” University of New Mexico, 1977.
“The Isolation of South Carolina, 1776-1860,” Brown University, 1977.
“How Revolutionary was the American Revolution?” Alfred University, 1976.
“The Nature of Historical Inquiry,” Alfred University, 1976.