He is the Princeton University historian with 221,000 Twitter followers. You can hear him talk about his Twitter fame on Episode 34 of The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast. But did you know that he was hired at Princeton at the age of 27 and received tenure at age 33? Did you know that his family sometimes tells him to put the phone down? Did you know he once wrote a newspaper column titled “Kevin Kruse: Public Embarrassment?”
Kruse is the subject of Emma Pettit’s piece at The Chronicle of Higher Education. Here is a taste:
It’s weird because Kruse thinks of himself as an introvert who doesn’t seek out confrontation, which is the opposite of who he is to his fans on Twitter. In one-on-one conversations, “I invariably find myself backing away,” he says, even when the conversation is pleasant. (He used to tell people he was a math teacher to avoid talking about history at parties.) The closest Kruse has gotten to being in a fight was when a kid sucker-punched him in middle school. He worked as a bouncer in college and had to bust up a few drunken brawls, but mostly he sat on a stool, smoking Camels, paging through a biography of Harry S. Truman.
Read the entire piece here.