Dr. David Krugler
David F. Krugler
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
David F. Krugler
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty


David F. Krugler grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He left his home state to attend Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating with degrees in English and history, he earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He moved back to Wisconsin in 1997 to teach at the University of Wisconsin—Platteville, where he’s now Professor of History. A historian of the modern United States, he has published books on several different topics: Cold War propaganda, nuclear warfare, and racial conflict in the United States. Krugler is the author of The Voice of America and the Domestic Propaganda Battles, 1945-1953(University of Missouri Press, 2000) and This Is Only a Test: How Washington, D.C., Prepared for Nuclear War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). In December 2014, Cambridge University Press released his third book, 1919, The Year of Racial Violence: How African Americans Fought Back. Krugler has served as a faculty leader for teacher education programs at the Newberry Library in Chicago and has made dozens of presentations to academic and public audiences. He is the past recipient of research grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Organization of American Historians, and the White House Historical Association. In Spring 2011, he was a fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. In 2010, he appeared in the National Geographic Channel documentary American Doomsday. Professor Krugler is also a published novelist in the detective fiction genre, including 2016's The Dead Don't Bleed and 2018's Rip the Angels from Heaven.

Research Areas

Cold War America
Race in 20th Century America
US Political, Diplomatic, and Urban History


PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BA, Creighton University

Courses Taught

AHG 506 - The Rise of Modern America, 1914-1945
AHG 606 - America Between World Wars
AHG 607 - America During the Cold War
AHG 609 - World War II
AHG 610 - American Foreign Policy
AHG 611 - The American Way of War
AHG 613 - Postwar America, 1945-1973
AHG 614 - Contemporary America, 1974 to present