Dr. Michael C. Kimmage, Professor and Chair, Department of History, Catholic University

Dr. Michael C. Kimmage, Professor and Chair, Department of History, Catholic University

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Dr. Michael Kimmage is Professor and Chair of the History Department at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and Non-resident Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He specializes in the history of the Cold War, in twentieth-century U.S. diplomatic and intellectual history and in U.S.-Russian relations since 1991. From 2014 to 2016, he served on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, where he held the Russia/Ukraine portfolio.

His most recent book is Collisions: The Origins of the War in Ukraine and the New Global Instability (Oxford University Press, 2024). Dr. Kimmage will have copies available for purchase and signing at our event (scroll down to see flyer).

Dr. Kimmage is a frequent contributor to the journal Foreign Affairs, writing most recently on the war in Ukraine, the threat of a Trump reelection to Europe, Putin’s problem of succession, and how Americans and Russian see each other.

Professor Kimmage’s three previous books are: The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers and the Lessons of Anti-Communism (Harvard University Press, 2009); In History’s Grip: Philip Roth’s Newark Trilogy (Stanford University Press, 2012); and Wolfgang Koeppen’s Journey through America (Berghahn, 2012), a German-language travelogue published in 1959 and translated by Professor Kimmage.

Professor Kimmage has written articles and books reviews for the New York Times, Washington Post, New Republic, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jewish Review of Books and Los Angeles Review of Books. He has been a visiting professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and at Vilnius University in Lithuania.