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Department of History

Michael Krysko

Associate Professor and Chair

Michael KryskoOffice: 117C Calvin Hall
Email: mkrysko@k-state.edu

Michael Krysko's research and teaching specialties focus on the history of technology, mass media, and U.S. foreign relations. His book, American Radio in China: International Encounters with Technology and Communications, 1919-41 (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2011), explores how U.S. radio initiatives in East Asia often heightened the international tensions that pitted Americans against Chinese nationalists and Japanese imperialists in the years before the Pacific War. His current project examines the relationship between international radio broadcasting and American national identity between 1920 and 1950. Dr. Krysko earned his Ph.D. at Stony Brook University in 2001 and spent five years on the history faculty at Dowling College in New York before joining the Department of History at Kansas State University in 2006. Dr. Krysko has served on the Executive Board of the Mid America American Studies Association since 2008, and was elected President of that organization in 2011.

Select publications

American Radio in China: International Encounters with Technology and Communications, 1919-41 (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2011)

"'Gibberish' on the Air: Foreign Language Radio and American Broadcasting, 1920-1940."Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television 27: 3 (August 2007), 333-55

"Homeward Bound: Shortwave Broadcasting and American Mass Media in East Asia on the Eve of the Pacific War." Pacific Historical Review 74: 4 (November 2005), 511-44

"Forbidden Frequencies: Sino-American Relations and Chinese Broadcasting During the Interwar Era." Technology and Culture 45: 4 (October 2004), 712-39

Courses Taught
  • History of Mass Communications in America
  • Science and Technology in the United States
  • US and World Affairs
  • World War 2
  • U.S. History since 1877
  • U.S. Foreign Relations
  • History of Technology
  • Historical Approaches to Security
  • Historical Methods in Security Studies
Additional Information

Useful web links to professional societies:

Mid America American Studies Association
American Studies Association
Society for the History of Technology
The International Association for Media and History
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
American Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
Association for Asian Studies