Dr. Jeremy Kinney


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Jeremy Kinney

Dr. Jeremy R. Kinney earned a BA from Greensboro College and an MA and PhD in history from Auburn University. During his graduate work, he was a University Presidential Graduate Fellow and served as an American Historical Association/NASA Aerospace History Fellow at NASA Headquarters. He has also been a lecturer in the Honors College at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Dr. Kinney curates three collections at the Museum: air racing; aircraft propulsion; and American military aviation, 1919-1945. They number approximately 4,000 artifacts and range in size from a small puddle carburetor from 1911 to military fighter and bomber aircraft from World War II. All three collections document how communities developed high performance aircraft and technology to express their visions of what flight could achieve for humankind in times of peace and war. In addition to collecting, interpreting, and documenting those artifacts, Kinney has been involved in several preservation and restoration projects, including the Curtiss R3C-2 racer and the Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver dive-bomber.

At the Museum, Dr. Kinney was co-curator for the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery at the Museum in Washington, DC. He also curated exhibits and displays on aircraft propulsion systems, interwar military aviation, and early jet aircraft. Dr. Kinney served as co-curator for Arctic Flight: A Century of Aviation in Alaska at the Anchorage Museum in Alaska and guest curator for Intermission, Films from a Heroic Future at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Kinney’s research focuses on technology in the United States and Europe during the twentieth century. He is co-author of Alaska and the Airplane: A Century of Flight (Braun, 2013) and author of Airplanes: The Life Story of a Technology (Greenwood Press, 2006; Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). 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. His current research interests include international air racing in the 1920s and 1930s and the history of the European sports car in the United States after 1945. 

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