Gregory Sumner

Gregory Sumner

Professor of History
Department Co-Chair

Gregory Sumner
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Briggs
Room: 326
Phone: 313-993-1121
Gregory Sumner
Areas of Expertise:
20th Century U.S. History
World War II
Music and Popular Culture


  • J.D. from the University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. from Indiana University
  • M.A. from Indiana University
  • B.A. from Indiana University


Professor and Co-Chair of History, teaches courses on twentieth-century American politics and culture. He is the author of Dwight Macdonald and the Politics Circle: The Challenge of Cosmopolitan Democracy (1996), Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut's Life and Novels (2012), Detroit in World War II (2015) and Michigan POW Camps in WWII (2018). A fellow of the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, he also was selected as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Rome (2001, 2010). He joined the University in 1993.

Media Interviews

The Mind's Eye Podcast - April 23, 2019

On the 50th anniversary of Slaughterhouse-Five, Gregory Sumner guides us, with insight and passion, through the life of Kurt Vonnegut and his best known work.