Michael Koncewicz

Associate Director

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Michael Koncewicz is the Associate Director at the Institute for Public Knowledge, where he develops, implements, and manages programmatic and administrative operations for IPK in collaboration with the Director. Koncewicz is a political historian who previously worked for the National Archives at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, contributing to the museum’s nonpartisan Watergate exhibit. More recently, at NYU’s Tamiment Library, he curated the archive’s Cold War collections and managed its Center for the United States and the Cold War and public programming. 

Koncewicz’s scholarship focuses on the culture and politics of the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. His first book, They Said ‘No’ to Nixon: Republicans Who Stood Up to the President’s Abuses of Power was published by the University of California Press in 2018. Culling from previously unpublished excerpts from the tapes and recently released materials that expose the thirty-seventh president’s uncensored views, the book reveals how Republican party members remained loyal civil servants in the face of Nixon’s attempts to expand the imperial presidency. He is working on an authorized biography of longtime progressive activist Tom Hayden. Straddling the line between the left and mainstream politics, Hayden offers readers a compelling case study for those interested in the future of left politics. Through the Port Huron Statement, SDS, the Chicago Conspiracy Trial, his marriage to Jane Fonda, and his time in the California legislature, Hayden was a rare celebrity activist many Americans saw as incarnating the social movements of the sixties and beyond. 

Michael received his Ph.D. in History from the University of California Irvine and has taught US history and public history courses at New York University and Hunter College. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Jacobin, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and The Washington Post. His email is michael.koncewicz@nyu.edu

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