Franklin Professor of Liberal Arts & Professor of History
Birkner's scholarship has focused on aspects of 19th- and 20th-century America: political, urban, oral and biographical history. In the past he has written about the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, with special interest in the role of his Chief of Staff Sherman Adams. His most recent book, James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War, has been featured on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.
Expertise: American history