Yanek Mieczkowski

Yanek Mieczkowski



B.A., Ithaca College; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University


Eisenhower’s Sputnik Moment:  The Race for Space and World Prestige (Cornell University Press, 2013)

Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s (University Press of Kentucky, 2005)

The Routledge Historical Atlas of Presidential Elections (Routledge, 2001)


Book chapters:

“Gerald Ford’s First 100 Days” in Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency, edited by Norman Ornstein, James Kitfeld, and Stephen Skowronek (ABC-CLIO)


“Reagan the Candidate:  1976, 1980, and 1984 Presidential Elections” in A Companion to Ronald Reagan, edited by Andrew Johns (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)


“Gerald R. Ford:  Domestic Dilemmas” in A Companion to Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter, edited by Scott Kaufman (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)


“’The Toughest Thing’:  Gerald Ford’s Struggle with Congress over Energy Policy”

in American Energy Policy in the 1970s, edited by Robert Lifset (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014)


Selected articles:

American History magazine cover story (Aug. 2014), “Second Term’s the Charm:  How Roosevelt and Eisenhower Beat the Second Term Blues”


American History magazine (Feb. 2008), “Gerald Ford’s Near Miracle of 1976,” “Dick Cheney on the Presidential Slugfest of ‘76”


Forty articles, The American National Biography:

“Behn, Sosthenes,” “Breech, Ernest Robert,” “Briscoe, Benjamin,” “Carvel, Thomas Andreas,” “Canaday, Ward Murphey,” “Casey, James E.,” “Casey, William,” “Cord, Errett Lobban,” “Cullinan, Joseph Stephen,” “Davis, Arthur Vining,” “Deaver, Michael,” “DeButts, John Delany,” “Dodge, John Francis and Horace Elgin,” “Donner, Frederic  Garrett,” “Earl, Harley Jefferson,” “Fisher, Frederic” et al., “Frazer, Joseph Washington,” “Hoover, Herbert William,” “Jacobs, Walter L.,” “Keller, Kaufman Thuma,” “Knowles, John Hilton,” “Leland, Henry Martyn,” “Mason, George Walter,” “Odlum, Floyd Bostwick,” “Olds, Irving Sands,” “Otis, Charles Rollin,” “Piper, William  Thomas,” “Powers, John Robert,” “Prentis, Henning Webb, Jr.,” “Revson, Charles Haskell,” “Stearns, Frank Ballou,” “Straus, Roger Williams,” “Tucker, Preston Thomas,” “Wampler, Cloud,” “Weinberger, Caspar,” “Weyerhaeuser, Phil,” “Wills, Childe Harold,” “Woodruff, George Waldo”


Nine articles, The Idea Exchange, ABC-CLIO Academic Solutions:

“Ronald Reagan as President:  How Have Historians Rated Him?”

“Franklin Roosevelt’s Success or Failure at Yalta:  What Is the Historical Verdict?”

“The Apollo Moon Missions:  Were They Worth It?”

“LBJ’s Great Society and War on Poverty:  Success or Failure?”

“Alexander Hamilton and the Modern ‘Curse’”

“An Inevitable Decline:  America’s Prestige During the 1970s”

“Did the New Deal End the Great Depression?”

“Gambling with Its Reputation:  The Supreme Court and the 2000 Election”

“’The Right Thing To Do’:  Gerald Ford’s Pardon of Richard Nixon”


Media appearances, op-ed essays, interviews:

ABC News, H2 History Channel, C-SPAN, CNN, PBS, Richard French Live, EBRU, WNBC, Voice of America, The Washington Post, Newsday, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The National Journal


Other activities:

Contributor to World Book Encyclopedia, History News Network, Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency, Dictionary of American History, The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, The Reader’s Companion to the American Presidency, McGraw-Hill textbooks

Editorial board member, ABC-CLIO Academic Solutions

Advisory panel member, Dwight D. Eisenhower e-Memorial

Consultant, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum redesign

Chair, College Level Equivalency Program (CLEP) Exam Committee

Advanced Placement U.S. History Exam Grading: Exam Leader, Table Leader, Reader

Writing Fellow, The American National Biography


Dowling College History Department:

Departmental chair

Founder and faculty advisor, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society chapter

Administrator, Dr. Ying-wan Cheng and Professor Bill Hogeboom Memorial Awards

Taught thirteen unique departmental courses, including two graduate seminars for Dowling’s Master of Liberal Studies program; developed a total of seven new courses for Dowling College

  • HST 1021C United States I
  • HST 1022C United States II
  • HST 3123A The Antebellum Years and the Civil War, 1840-61
  • HST 3124A The United States, 1945-68
  • HST 4125A America in the 1970s
  • HST 3128A America in the 1980s and 1990s
  • HST 4128A History of the U.S. Presidency
  • SSC 6615 The Twentieth-Century U.S. Presidency (graduate)
  • SSC 6617 U.S. Presidential Elections (graduate)


Additional Info

Twitter Handle: @ymhistory