Michael Krysko

Associate Professor

National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty in Military History and Twentieth Century Studies

Michael Krysko Office: 002C 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 amplified the international tensions that pitted Americans against Chinese nationalists and Japanese imperialists in the years before the Pacific War. His work has also appeared in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, the Journal of Contemporary History, Pacific Historical Review, and Technology and Culture. His current book 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 from 2008-2016, and served a term as President of that organization in 2011-12. He served as the chairperson of the Department of History from 2015-2021.

Selected publications

American Radio in China: International Encounters with Technology and Communications, 1919-41 (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2011) [https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9780230252660]

“US-Cuban Relations, American Identities, and the 1946 North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement.” Journal of Contemporary History (2018) [https://doi.org/10.1177/0022009417712114]

“American Radio and Technological Transformation from Invention to Broadcasting,1900-1945.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History (2018) [http://americanhistory.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199329175.001.0001/acrefore-9780199329175-e-414]

“ ‘Gibberish’ on the Air: Foreign Language Radio and American Broadcasting, 1920 – 1940.” Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television (2007) [https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01439680701443101]

Courses Taught


  • History of Mass Communications in America
  • History of Technology
  • History of Baseball in American Culture
  • The Pacific War
  • The US and World Affairs
  • U.S. History since 1877


  • U.S. Foreign Relations
  • History of Technology
  • Historical Approaches to Security
  • Historical Methods in Security Studies
  • Global History of Communications