Curriculum Vitae

Richard McCormickRichard Levis McCormick

Birth Date: December 26, 1947
Birthplace: New Brunswick, NJ

Current Position
President Emeritus
University Professor
Board of Governors Professor of History and Education
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2012–

Yale University, Ph.D. (History), 1976
Amherst College, B.A. (Magna cum laude, American Studies), 1969
Piscataway Township High School, Piscataway, NJ, 1965

Previous Positions

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2002–2012

University of Washington, 1995–2002

Executive Vice Chancellor, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992–1995

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 1989–1992

Chair of the Department of History
Rutgers University, 1987–1989

Founding Director of the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis
Rutgers University, 1988–1989

Assistant Professor, 1976–1981; Associate Professor, 1981–1985; Professor, 1985–1992
Department of History, Rutgers University

Selected Awards and Fellowships

Honorary Doctor of Laws, Rutgers University, 2012

Honorary Professorship, Shanghai University, 2012

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1985

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellowship, 1985

Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University, Visiting Fellowship, 1981–1982

George Washington Egleston Historical Prize, Yale University, 1977
(awarded annually for the best dissertation in American history)

Phi Beta Kappa, Amherst College, 1968

Selected Publications


Raised at Rutgers:  A President’s Story
(New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2014)

The Party Period and Public Policy: American Politics from the Age of Jackson to the Progressive Era
(New York: Oxford University Press, 1986)

Progressivism, coauthored with Arthur S. Link
(Arlington Heights, IL: Harlan Davidson, 1983)

From Realignment to Reform: Political Change in New York State, 1893–1910
(Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1981)

Articles and Book Chapters

“Anti-Corruption in American History,” The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 14 (July 2015): 441-454

"Reflections on the Most Important Challenges Facing our Colleges and Universities by an Experienced, Discerning, and Affectionate Critic: A Review of Derek Bok's Higher Education in America [Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2013]," Journal of College and University Law 40: 3 (2014): 567-577

"Converging Perils to College Access for Racial Minorities: Examples of Responses that Work from Washington State and New Jersey," in Richard D. Kahlenberg, ed., The Future of Affirmative Action: New Paths to Higher Education Diversity after Fisher v. University of Texas (New York: The Century Foundation Press, 2014): 110-121

“Public Life in Industrial America, 1877–1917,” in Eric Foner, ed.,
The New American History (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990): 93–117

“The Discovery that Business Corrupts Politics: A Reappraisal of the Origins of Progressivism,”
American Historical Review 86 (April 1981): 247–74

“The Party Period and Public Policy: An Exploratory Hypothesis,”
Journal of American History 66 (September 1979): 279–98

“Ethno-Cultural Interpretations of Nineteenth-Century American Voting Behavior,”
Political Science Quarterly 89 (June 1974): 351–77

See a list of speeches and letters written during Dr. McCormick’s tenure as President of Rutgers.