Professor Powers taught twice as a Fulbright Professor in Hiroshima Japan, and edited the Handbook of Japanese Popular Culture (1989), and has lectured in Germany, the Philippines, India, and Korea.  He is a professor of history at the College and the Ph.D. Program in History at the CUNY graduate center, where he also served as Coordinator of the American Studies Program from 1996-2002.  He was co-organizer of the conference on “Commentary, the American Jewish Community and American Culture” at the Graduate Center in 2003.  He currently serves as co-director of the College’s freshmen general education program in American Issues, Institutions and Ideas, and has founded the College’s Reacting to the Past Academy to further the use of role playing games in the teaching of history.  He is an instrument rated pilot who flies a Mooney 20-C based in New Orleans.


AB, College of the Holy Cross

PhD, Brown University

Scholarship / Publications

Richard Gid Powers writes on issues of American national security and the FBI.  He has written G-Men:  Hoover’s FBI in American Popular Culture (1983), Secrecy and Power:  The Life of J. Edgar Hoover (1987), Not Without Honor:  The History of American Anticommunism (1996), and Broken:  The Troubled Past and Uncertain Future of the FBI (2004).  He also worked with Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan on Secrecy:  The American Experience (1998), and contributed the introduction.  He is a frequent reviewer for the New York Times and the Washington Post, and has appeared in and worked on many documentary films on the Federal Bureau of Investigation.