Department of History


Aaron Jacobs is an historian of politics and culture in the modern United States. His research focuses on questions of race, violence and historical memory.

Aaron is currently developing a book manuscript, provisionally entitled, Living Monuments: Race, Memory and the Revival of the Ku Klux Klan, which traces the history of the infamous terrorist organization that originated in the aftermath of the U.S. Civil War. Examining how the Klan’s resurrection became first imagined and then attempted in the years and decades following its purported demise, Living Monuments explores how Americans responded to its 20th century revitalization under dramatically different historical conditions than those in which it first appeared.

Aaron received his Ph.D. from Brown University in 2023.