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Peter Kuznick
Professor in the History department
at American University, Washington, DC
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Overall Quality
3.3
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Helpfulness
3.2
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
2.5
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01/29/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
0000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

he co with oliver stone reveal true side of america !! excellent .. he is talent with daring conscious n real kindness/bravity ,god bless

10/13/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST 658 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Likes to drop names every time he opens his mouth: "I just got off the phone with Napoleon.." HE has a serious hang up with Oliver "Nut Case" Stone and is into conspiracy theories. As long as you agree with him, no problem. Avoid this guy is possible.

11/08/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST500 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Kuznick is a challenging, thoughtful and thorough professor. He cares about his students, and he works hard to ensure that they not only learn the material, but get excited over it. Highly recommended.

03/22/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST288 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The best professor I had in my four years at AU. Brilliant, encyclopedically knowledgable, and unlike some negative commenters have said always provides ample evidence to back up all claims. You will not find a class with better guest speakers or a more comprehensive (if not necessarily organized) study of the subject. An absolute must-take.

01/17/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
HISTOSA Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

AWFUL!!!!! This is, to date, the worst class I have ever taken! Sad, considering I went into it thinking it would be an amazing class. If you believe the entire history of the United States is one giant conspiracy than you will feel right at home. However, do not expect him to back up any of his nonsense with actual references.

04/23/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
VietHnrs Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I can see how people have mixed feelings. He does like to name-drop and talk about himself, but I still liked him and enjoyed the class. He's very open to comments and is very knowledgeable in his field. He's a very nice person and the reading list for the class was great.

12/17/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hist657 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class was one of substance and depth.The professor was always willing to help students in office hours and cared about improving their writing and research skills.His lectures were illuminating and factual,and well presented. He clearly has a passion for teaching,and is student oriented. He is brilliant and patient.Great class and professor!

12/17/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST728 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great professor, with a great interest in this field. Funny with a wonderful sense of humor about history. He works hard to make the 20th century interesting to Early American scholars. Loved the class, worked hard in, it but learned a lot. He is willing to work with students and answer questions.

12/04/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
HST288 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Terrible class! I was expecting this class to be amazing but it quickly turned into one giant conspiracy! Interesting that he thinks because he is a professor he can just create historical facts without providing any reliable sources! He is so wrapped up in himself he is blinded by his own ego! I left this class not believing anything he said.

10/15/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
HIST288 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Fun class. Kind of a joke. A very revisionist history course but if you keep an open mind it's pretty fun. It's cool how he ties pop culture to history. The books are not necessary but good reads if you're interested. You can get an A and put no work into it if you want. Half of his speakers cancel.

08/28/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
hist371 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Absolutely the best professor I have had at AU. He is a genius but is quite humble. He has amazing connections and the guest speakers range from Hollywood directors to FBI agents and more. He gives you freedom in your papers and the materials he uses are novels, movies and articles, not dry textbooks.

11/19/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST288 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Peter Kuznick teaches a polemic, not history. He then expects you to exclude anything resembling a polemic from your papers. His lectures are not structured and make no sense the way they are laid out. You can't even take notes in his class because of the way he refuses to transition to points. A ridiculous amount of work for a 200 level class.

11/12/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
SIS603 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Kuznick is VERY liberal but opened my eyes to a different message than I have gotten my whole live regarding nuclear policy and media. Readings were not that important but you must spend a lot of time watching required movies. These films have completely changed the way I think about WMDs. This class could change your mind on a lot of things

03/17/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST228 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Probably the best professor I've had or will ever have. He's brilliant and liberal, both are apparent in his lectures. Has great connections and brings in interesting speakers. You must take him before you leave AU.

01/10/2007
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
STONESECT Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

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12/28/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
hist288 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Kuznick is one of the smartest people I've met. Also one of the most liberal. He expresses his views in the classroom, but does not bias in grading and intelligently debates with students. Also has great connections leading to awesome guest speakers. That said, the class fell behind very quickly. Definitely take the class.

12/05/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST288 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

as a graduating senior with four years at au, i have to say kuznick is by far the most memorable teacher i've ever had. he's incredibly smart and helpful. he's a little insane during the height of his lectures, but the passion is evident. my lecture nots are incoherent, but i feel like i've learned more in this class than most of my others. do take

12/04/2006
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Hist288 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He's a very good teacher. Sure he's a little bit biased, but what proffessor isn't? Plus, he's got great connections and can get alot of cool guest speakers.

10/19/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
Hist288 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great guest lectures, interesting topics, a must for anyone going to AU

02/06/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
History Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Had a lot of fun in this class..but be prepared, some of the lectures get very political (prof swings very much to the left). Workload isn't bad, but you can't really fudge your way around it...you've gotta be prepared. In the end though, prof wants to help you out as much as possible, and at least making an effort will help you out.

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