Harvey Klehr

harvey klehr

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Politics and History

Harvey Klehr is one of the University's most honored professors. He has received the Emory Williams Teaching Award (1983), Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award (1995) and the Thomas Jefferson Award (1999). He was selected to give the Distinguished Faculty Lecture during Emory Founders' Week in 2012. His current research interests include American communism and Soviet espionage in America.

When the former Soviet Union released previously secret documents in the 1990s related to Soviet spying in the United States, Harvey Klehr was the first Western scholar to see them. The clandestine intrigue of Cold War espionage-and the fascinating stories behind some of this country's most infamous accused spies-has driven Klehr's research.

In 1995, just three years after Klehr first opened the files of the Communist International in Moscow, he co-authored The Secret World of American Communism, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. It was Klehr's second Pulitzer nomination-he has three in all.

Having investigated not only Soviet files but also recently declassified U.S. materials related to the Cold War, Klehr has produced an intriguing array of research that covers the American Communist Party, explores notorious cases like Alger Hiss and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and even re-evaluates the complex character of Sen. Joe McCarthy, whose famous (or infamous, depending on how you look at it) quest to uncover communists in the U.S. in the 1950s carries themes that are relevant in the 21st century.


Harvey Klehr's CV in brief:



B.A., Franklin and Marshall College, 1967
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1971
Harvey Klehr came to Emory in 1971, shortly after earning his doctorate. The author or co-author of many books and more than 60 articles, he was named Mellon professor in 1996. Klehr's most recent publication is Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America.

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