Jeremy Kuzmarov

Jay P. Walker Assistant Professor of American History, Tulsa Community College

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About Jeremy

Kuzmarov specializes in U.S. foreign policy and modern U.S. history, and also has a background in criminology. His work examines the internationalization of U.S. criminal justice. He is also interested in the covert dimensions of U.S. foreign policy. He taught previously at Bucknell University and has a PhD from Brandeis. Jeremy can be reached at [email protected].

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Opinion: "The New Merchants of Death," Jeremy Kuzmarov, ROAR Magazine, February 6, 2017.
Opinion: "What August Vollmer, the Father of American Law Enforcement, Has to Teach Us," Jeremy Kuzmarov, Huffington Post, October 4, 2016.
Opinion: "Its’ Not Just Racism, but Also Militarization at the Heart of Police Brutality," Jeremy Kuzmarov, Huffington Post, September 26, 2016.
Opinion: "Review of David Vine’s 'Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World'," Jeremy Kuzmarov, Historic News Network, December 11, 2015.
Opinion: "'First Do No Harm:' Thirteen Proposals for Bernie Sanders for a Progressive Foreign Policy," Jeremy Kuzmarov, LA Progressive, November 12, 2015.
Opinion: "The Medicalization of Dissent," Jeremy Kuzmarov (with Jerry Lembcke), Jacobin, October 16, 2015.
Opinion: "How the Empire Struck Back Starting with Jimmy Carter," Jeremy Kuzmarov, George Mason History News Network, August 30, 2015.
Opinion: "Review of Andrew Cockburn’s 'Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins'," Jeremy Kuzmarov, George Mason History News Network, June 17, 2015.
Opinion: "Baby Steps toward Democracy in Oklahoma," Jeremy Kuzmarov, Tulsa World, April 2, 2015.
Opinion: "Remember the Maine?," Jeremy Kuzmarov, History News Network, September 9, 2013.
Guest on CSPAN’s Book TV, March 2010.
Interviewed in Jeremy Kuzmarov on NPR Tulsa NPR Tulsa, October 2012.
Guest on NPR, January 2013.
Opinion: "Sooner State Has a Proud Socialist Tradition," Jeremy Kuzmarov, Oklahoma Observer, December 2012.


"Russians are Coming, Again: The First Cold War as Tragedy, the Second as Farce" (with John Marciano) (Monthly Review Press, 2018).

Argues that the Democrats' strategy, backed by the corporate media, of demonizing Russia and Putin in order to challenge Trump is not only dangerous, but also, based on the evidence so far, unjustified, misguided, and a major distraction.

""Hey Hey General Mackymacker, Ho, Ho Mr. Lovitt:" Woody Guthrie's Forgotten Dissent from the Atomic Bomb to the Korean War" The Asia-Pacific Journal 16, no. 7 (2018): 1-11.

Addresses folk singer Woody Guthrie's forgotten dissent against the use of the atomic bomb and Korean War.

"The Russians are Coming, Again" (with John Marciano). Monthly Review 69, no. 4 (2017).

Looks critically at the hysteria about Russia and points out how it was the United States that invaded Russia before and not vice versa.

"The Korean War: Barbarism Unleashed," United States Foreign Policy History and Resource Guide, September 2016.

This essay provides a detailed history of the Korean War based on wide reading of the secondary literature and primary research in the National Archives, Truman Library and Woody Guthrie Archives. It delves into political debate about the war, and covers the antiwar movement, addressing overall the question of whether the war was just or unjust.

"The Responsibility of Intellectuals Redux: Humanitarian Intervention and the Liberal Embrace of War in the Age of Clinton, Bush and Obama" The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus 11, no. 24 (2014).
Critiques the idea of "humanitarian intervention" and pro-war liberal intellectuals like Samantha Power who has served in the Obama administration.
"'Distancing Acts:' Private Mercenaries and the War on Terror in American Foreign Policy" The Asia-Pacific Journal 12, no. 1 (2014).
Discusses the use of private military contractors in the War on Terror and how it fits a longstanding US approach to foreign affairs designed to distance the public from wars of questionable morality. Argues that the growth of private military companies today is on a far higher level than ever before and represents a dangerous expansion of the military industrial complex.
"You Don’t Have to Mind Killing Innocents: COIN in Afghanistan and the Violence of Empire" in Hearts and Minds: A People’s History of Counterinsurgency, edited by Hannah Gurman (New Press, 2013).
Provides a critical overview of American police training and counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan and discusses how they are part of a long pattern of violent imperial intervention in Third World countries.
"Bomb after Bomb: U.S. Air Power and Crimes of War from World War II to the Present" The Asia-Pacific Journal 10, no. 47 (November 2012).
Examines how U.S. policymakers deployed airpower as a central dimension of military strategy after World War II. Pentagon officials claimed that new technologies could ensure “surgical precision,” though time and time again civilians have been targeted, often in futile efforts to intimidate people like the Vietnamese into submission.
"Modernizing Repression: Police Training and Nation Building in the American Century" (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012).
Examines the secret history of U.S. police training programs and their centrality to U.S. foreign policy since the colonization of the Philippines at the turn of the 20th century. The operations were staffed by police professionals who sought to export progressive style reforms, through frequently intensified political repression by militarizing foreign police forces and providing them with sophisticated policing technologies.
"The Myth of the Addicted Army: Vietnam and the Modern War on Drugs" (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009).
Documents how politicians and the mass media created the myth that drug abuse had ravaged the U.S. army in Vietnam and exploited public fear to advance the modern War on Drugs.