Jeremy R. Kinney

Jeremy R. Kinney

Jeremy R. Kinney

Adjunct Faculty

U.S. History: Aerospace history and the history of technology

Dr. Jeremy R. Kinney is the Chair of the Aeronautics Department of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. His research and curatorial focus is aeronautics in the first half of the twentieth century, with a specific emphasis on interwar and World War II military aviation, air racing, and aircraft propulsion technology. He has curated numerous exhibitions in North America and Europe and frequently lectured on aviation history and the history of technology in general. His books include Reinventing the Propeller: Aeronautical Specialty and the Triumph of the Modern Airplane, The Power for Flight: NASA’s Contributions to Aircraft Propulsion, and Airplanes: The Life Story of a Technology.  He has also published essays in various anthologies and articles in ICON and Journal of Aircraft and is a co-editor and contributor to the multi-volume The Wind and Beyond: A Documentary Journey into the History of Aerodynamics in America published by NASA.

Current Research

International Air Racing in the 1920s and 1930s

The Sports Car in the United States after 1945

Selected Publications

Kinney, Jeremy R. Reinventing the Propeller: Aeronautical Specialty and the Triumph of the Modern Airplane. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017. (Awarded Smithsonian Institution Secretary's Research Prize, 2018, and the Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2020)

Kinney, Jeremy R. The Power for Flight: NASA’s Contributions to Aircraft Propulsion. NASA SP-2017-631. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2017.

Kinney, Jeremy R. “Sports Car Paradise: Racing in Los Angeles,” in LA Sports: Play, Games and Community in the City of Angels, Wayne Wilson and David K. Wiggins, eds. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2018. Pgs. 93-107.

Kinney, Jeremy R. “Racing on Runways: The Strategic Air Command and Sports Car Racing in the 1950s.” ICON: Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology 19 (2013): 193-215.

Courses Taught

HIST 378: History of Aviation

Education

Ph.D. in History, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, 2003

M.A. in History, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, 1998

B.A. in History, Greensboro College, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1994