This article is about the professor of American cultural history. For the composer, see Michael Kamen.
Michael Gedaliah Kammen (October 25, 1936 - November 29, 2013) was a professor of American cultural history in the Department of History at Cornell University. He was born in 1936 in Rochester, New York, grew up in the Washington, DC area, and was educated at the George Washington University and Harvard University (Ph.D., 1964). He began teaching at Cornell upon completion his graduate studies at Harvard and served on the faculty until his death. He began his career in the 1960s, and won his first renown, as a scholar of the colonial period of American history. However, his scholarship and teaching interests eventually broadened to include legal, cultural and social issues of American history of the 19th and 20th centuries as well.
Kammen was active in organizations advancing the study of history, and served as president of the Organization of American Historians for the 1995-96 year.
The Origins of the American Constitution: A Documentary History. New York: Penguin Books, 1986. ISBN 0-14-008744-3 (edited by Kammen)
A Machine That Would Go of Itself: The Constitution in American Culture (1986), which won the Francis Parkman Prize and the Henry Adams Prize. In this work, Kammen describes the American people's evolving conceptions of the U.S. Constitution and of constitutional governance, stressing both mechanical and organic conceptions of constitutional development over time.
Mystic Chords of Memory: The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture (1991)
Contested Values: Democracy and Diversity in American Culture (1995)
American Culture, American Tastes: Social Change and the 20th Century (1999)
A Time to Every Purpose: The Four Seasons in American Culture (2004)