History, Philosophy & World Perspectives : History Department Faculty

Kevin Gutzman

Warner Hall 222
Office Phone: (203) 837-8455
Email: gutzmank@wcsu.edu
Website: http://kevingutzman.com



Ph.D. in History, University of Virginia, 1999; J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1990; Master of Public Affairs, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, 1990; M.A. in History, University of Virginia, 1994; B.A. in Plan II/History Honors, With Honors and with Special Honors in History, University of Texas, 1985


Teaching/Research Interests:

American Revolution; Age of Jefferson; Antebellum U.S.; American Constitutional History


Selected Honors:

Prof.. Gutzman gave the annual Hazel and Fulton Chauncey Lecture at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture on July 19, 2023.

Prof.. Gutzman gave the annual Kartch/Jefferson Lecture, “Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary First Inaugural Address,” at William Paterson University on October 31, 2018.

He was Constitution Day Keynote Speaker at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on September 24, 2015.

Prof. Gutzman gave the annual Jefferson Lecture, “Thomas Jefferson and ‘the Principles of ’98,’” at the University of Tennessee Space Institute on September 22, 2009.

He was Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at New College, Sarasota, Florida in March 2008.


Major Publications:



The Jeffersonians: The Visionary Presidencies of Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe (St. Martin’s Press, 2022). A Main Selection of The History Book Club

Thomas Jefferson—Revolutionary: A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America (St. Martin’s Press, 2017).

James Madison and the Making of America (St. Martin’s Press, 2012). (Paperback edition with new introductory essay, “James Madison and the American Ideal of Religious Liberty,” 2013). A Main Selection of The History Book Club.

Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush (co-authored with Thomas E. Woods, Jr.) (Crown Forum, 2008).

The paperback edition is Who Killed the Constitution? The Federal Government vs. American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama (Crown Forum, 2009).

Virginia’s American Revolution: From Dominion to Republic, 1776-1840 (Lexington Books, 2007).

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution (Regnery Publishing, 2007).


Book Chapters:

“Thomas Jefferson’s Virginian Revolution,” in Jeffersonians in Power: The Rhetoric of Opposition Meets the Realities of Governing, eds. Joanne Freeman and Johann Neem (University of Virginia Press, 2019).

“James Madison and the Ratification of the Constitution: A Triumph over Adversity,” in A Companion to James Madison and James Monroe, ed. Stuart Leibiger (Malden, Massachusetts: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

“Lincoln as Jeffersonian: The Colonization Chimera,” in Lincoln Emancipated: The President and the Politics of Race, ed. Brian Dirck (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2007).

Foreword to Anthony Gregory, The Power of Habeas Corpus in America: From the King’s Prerogative to the War on Terror (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013).


Peer-Reviewed Articles:

“Edmund Randolph and Virginia Constitutionalism,” The Review of Politics 66 (2004), 469-97.

“Paul to Jeremiah: Calhoun’s Abandonment of Nationalism,” Journal of Libertarian Studies, vol. 16, no. 2 (Spring 2002), 3-34.

“Jefferson’s Draft Declaration of Independence, Richard Bland, and the Revolutionary Legacy: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due,” The Journal of the Historical Society 1 (2001), 137-154.

“The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions Reconsidered: ‘An Appeal to the Real Laws of Our Country,’” The Journal of Southern History 66 (2000), 473-496.

“Preserving the Patrimony: William Branch Giles and Virginia versus the Federal Tariff,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 104 (1996), 341-372.

“A Troublesome Legacy: James Madison and ‘The Principles of ’98,’” Journal of the Early Republic 15 (1995), 569-589.


Dr. Gutzman has also served as historical consultant for three documentary CDs; edited editions of two political science classics; published numerous other scholarly articles; contributed over 70 articles to scholarly encyclopedias; published reviews of over 45 books, films, and exhibitions in all the leading history journals; published scores more reviews in many popular outlets; written scores of articles for popular publications; spoken at academic conventions and universities and to civic groups all over the country; appeared on over 200 radio programs (including many of the most popular all over America); appeared numerous times on C-SPAN, Fox News, and CNN; and been interviewed by reporters for many major newspapers, including the New York Times and Washington Post. He has also often served as expert manuscript referee or advisor for book publishers and scholarly journals. He was a featured expert in the documentary films “Nullification: The Rightful Remedy” (FFS, 2012) “John Marshall: Citizen, Statesman, Jurist” (FFH, 2005), and “Safeguard: An Electoral College Story” (2020)..