Kenneth O'Reilly

Kenneth O'Reilly
Professor of History

PhD, Marquette University; MA, Central Michigan University; BA, University of Detroit

Prior to joining the UAA faculty, Dr O'Reilly taught at Marquette University, where he did his doctoral work, and at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Dr O'Reilly has received a Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Research and Teaching. He also received grants and fellowships from numerous institutes and foundations, including the Gerald R Ford Foundation and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.



 Nixon's PianoNixon's Piano: Presidents and Racial Politics from Washington to Clinton

O'Reilly, whose Racial Matters blew the lid off the FBI's investigation and harassment of black leaders, now paints a revealing portrait of each president's record on race. He documents that, with the exception of Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson, American presidents have used the power of their office to impede racial equality.

Racial Matters Racial Matters: The FBI's Secret File on Black America, 1960-1972

From Kennedy to Nixon, the FBI unwillingly found itself at the center of the struggle for racial equality and justice. Kenneth O'Reilly tells the shocking story of how political loyalties, priorities, and prejudices turned a government agency into an adversary, instead of a protector, of civil rights.