Jeremy R. Kinney

Jeremy R. Kinney

Jeremy R. Kinney

Adjunct Faculty

European History: Aerospace history and the history of technology

Dr. Jeremy R. Kinney is a curator at the Smithsonian’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.


Dr. Kinney is a contributor to the multi-volume The Wind and Beyond: A Documentary Journey into the History of Aerodynamics in America published by NASA. For his work on Volume One of The Wind and Beyond, he is a co-recipient of the inaugural Eugene Ferguson Prize given by the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). The Ferguson Prize is named in honor of one of SHOT’s pioneering members and recognizes an outstanding and original reference work that will support future scholarship in the history of technology.

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.

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