Professor Boyle teaches twentieth century American history, with an emphasis on class, race, and politics at Ohio State University. He has received OSU’s Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award and the Distinguished University Lecturer Award. In December 2009 he delivered the university’s commencement address. He has held fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. In 1997-98 he held the Mary Ball Washington Chair in American History at University College Dublin, Ireland. He serves on the advisory board for the Walter P. Reuther Library, and on the editorial boards of Labor History and Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas. He is also a Fellow of the Society of American Historians and a member of the PEN American Center.
Kevin Boyle’s most recent book, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age (Henry Holt, 2004; paperback edition, 2005) won the National Book Award for non-fiction, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Tolerance Book Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Arc of Justice also was named a New York Times notable book for 2004, a State of Michigan notable book for 2005, and the 2007 selection for the Detroit metropolitan area’s community-wide reading program.
Kevin Boyle received his B.A. from the University of Detroit in 1982 and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1990.