2011-12 Myron and Margaret Winegarden Visiting Professor – Kenneth Waltzer

Renowned historian Kenneth Waltzer, Ph.D. has been appointed as the 2011-12 Myron and Margaret Winegarden Visiting Professor. 

Dr. Waltzer attended SUNY Binghamton's Harpur College and was a Graduate Prize Fellow and earned a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University.  He joined MSU in 1971 where he helped build the highly reputed James Madison College, and where he also later served as Dean and Associate Dean.  Dr. Waltzer also served as Director of General Education in the arts and humanities at MSU and is currently Director of Jewish Studies.  He received a State of Michigan Teaching Excellence Award in 1990 and an Alumni Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award in 1998.    

Dr. Waltzer has a fascinating background. He began his social history research in American urban and immigration history.  His American Identity Explorer:  Immigration and Migration CD-ROM [with Kathleen Geissler] (McGraw-Hill, 1999, 2001) follows seven migrating groups through four portals to America into immigrant and migrant neighborhoods in six American cities during the Ellis Island era and assesses comparative experiences, American responses, and more.

In more recent years, Dr. Waltzer has been in the news as the Holocaust researcher who discovered that a survivor memoir titled Angel at the Fence – soon to be a blockbuster movie – was a Holocaust memoir fraud.  He is also currently consultant to Big Foot Productions in New York, which is making a film about kinderblock 66 at Buchenwald and the rescue of children and youths inside a concentration camp.

Dr. Waltzer’s nominees include:  Professor of English Jacqueline Zeff; Lecturer of English Julie Colish; and Professor of History Teddy Robertson.