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Kevin E. Grimm, Ph.D.
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Kevin E. Grimm, Ph.D.


Dr. Kevin E. Grimm studies the various relationships between the United States, African Americans, U.S. and international labor organizations, development and modernization, and African nations during the 1950s and 1960s. His work has appeared in Labor History, The Journal of Contemporary History, and OFO: Journal of Transatlantic Studies, with an accepted article in the Journal of West African History scheduled for 2023. His book chapters include an analysis of Western labor philanthropy in Africa in the edited volume American Philanthropy at Home and Abroad, a historiography chapter on the Eisenhower administration’s relationship with the Third World in the Blackwell Companion to Dwight D. Eisenhower, and a chapter on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s non-violent thought in the edited volume The Routledge History of World Peace Since 1750. His first book, America Enters the Cold War: The Road to Global Commitment, 1945-1950 (2018), is part of Routledge’s Critical Moments in American History series. He lives with his wife and children in Norfolk and attends Trinity Presbyterian Church.



America Enters the Cold War: The Road to Global Commitment, 1945-1950. New York: Routledge, 2017. Part of Routledge’s Critical Moments in American History Series.

Journal Articles

“‘With Flags Waving’: African Diasporic Agency in the 1960s ICFTU-Liberian Relationship,” Journal of West African History, accepted and scheduled for 9, no. 1 (2023): pages TBD.

“‘Encroaching Upon Trade Union Preserves’: The 1950s Fight Over Global Labor Norms Between the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and Moral Re-Armament,” Labor History 62, no. 4 (2021): 489-510.

“Gazing Toward Ghana: African American Agency in the Eisenhower Administration’s Relations with Africa,” Journal of Contemporary History 48, July (2013): 578-596.

“Narrative of Modernity: Horace Mann Bond and the Public Image of Ghana in 1950s America,” OFO: Journal of Transatlantic Studies 2 (2013).

Book Chapters

“From Books to Land Rovers: The Informal, Small Philanthropy of the AFL-CIO and the ICFTU in Africa During the Early Cold War,” in Ben Offiler and Rachel Williams, eds. American Philanthropy at Home and Abroad: New Directions in the History of Giving. London: Bloomsbury, 2022 -

“One Man’s Peace: Influences on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Non-violent Philosophy” in William M. Knoblauch, Michael Loadenthal, and Christian P. Peterson, eds. The Routledge History of World Peace Since 1750. New York: Routledge, 2018.

Historiographical Essay, “Eisenhower and the Third World” in Chester J. Pach, Jr, ed. A Companion to Dwight D. Eisenhower. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2017.