Craig Kaplowitz | Social Science Division | Judson University Christian College
Craig Kaplowitz

Craig Kaplowitz Profile

Contact Information

Name:Craig Kaplowitz
Title:Chair and Professor of History, Director of The Honors Program
Year Started:2002
Phone Number:847-628-1126
Office Location:Lindner Tower 325


Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 1999
M.A. Vanderbilt University, 1995
B.A. Wake Forest University, 1992


Craig Kaplowitz hails from New Jersey (last exit), went to college and graduate school in the South, and now lives and works in the Midwest, leaving him fluent in three great American dialects.  His scholarship focuses on the history of American policy development, particularly in civil rights and immigration. His teaching interests span from policy to urban/suburban history to the history of Latin America. His also is active in the national Honors community, serving the National Collegiate Honors Council on several committees and as a recommended Program Reviewer. Prior to coming to Judson, he taught at Middle Tennessee State University and at Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Kaplowitz also serves on the Board of Directors for Sunshine Gospel Ministries, a 100-year-old community ministry seeking the renewal of the city, located in Chicago's southside Woodlawn neighborhood.

Expertise / Involvements

The U.S. since 1945; Political and Policy History; Civil Rights; Race and Ethnicity; Immigration.


LULAC, Mexican Americans, and National Policy (Texas A&M Press, 2005)
“Citizens, Immigrants, and Civil Rights,” Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, v.18 (2007).
“A Distinct Minority: LULAC, Mexican American Identity, and Presidential Policymaking, 1965-1972,” Journal of Policy History 15:2 (Spring 2003).

Professional Societies or Affiliations

Organization of American Historians
Conference on Faith and History

National Collegiate Honors Council  

Current Projects

A study of immigration reform during the Reagan Administration

Grants and Scholarships

Selected as one of thirty participants in the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's 2017 summer seminar on the 20th Century Presidency. 

Judson University, Shaping Lives that Shape the World