Kenneth S. Greenberg, PhD
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Distinguished Professor, Department of History

 

Phone: 617.573.8265
Email: kgreenberg@suffolk.edu
Office: Donahue Building, Rm. 134

Education

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin
  • MA, Columbia University
  • BA, Cornell University
  • Short Biography

    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 (edited)
    • The Confessions of Nat Turner and Related Documents (edited)
    • 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.

  • Administrative and Teaching History

    Administrative History

    • Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Suffolk University, 2004-present
    • Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Suffolk University, 2000-2003
    • Chair, History Department, Suffolk University, 1989-2004
    • Chair, Philosophy Department, Suffolk University, 1989-2004

    Teaching

    • 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
  • Fellowships and Grants

    Fellowships

    • Harvard Law School, 1990-1991
    • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers, 1988
    • Charles Warren Center, History Department, Harvard University, 1988

    Grants

    • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2002-2004, part of team to write major production grant for 4-part PBS series Re-Making American Medicine.
    • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2002, co-author planning grant for film series Pursuing Perfection: The Attempt to Improve the Quality of American Medical Care.
    • National Endowment for the Humanities, 2000-2001, co-author major production grant for film, Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property.
    • LEF Foundation, 2001, co-author grant for film Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property.
    • Southern Humanities Media Fund, 1999-2000, co-author grant for film Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property.
    • Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 1998, co-author grant for film Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property.

    Board Memberships

    • Museum of African American History, Board of Directors, 2012-present
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Selected Works

    Books

    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).

    Films

    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 and Academy Award nominated Producer Frank Christopher. National screening on PBS as part of Independent Lens film series.

    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

    “Nat Turner in Print and on Film,” Essay in Jeff Forret and Christine E. Sears, eds., Commodification, Community and Comparison in Slave Studies. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2014, forthcoming).

    “Slave Resistance,” essay in Bethany Jay, Understanding and Teaching American Slavery. (Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2014, forthcoming).

    “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).