R. Bruce Craig


R. BRUCE CRAIG (Ph.D.) is a specialist in the history of espionage. He is author of the acclaimed Treasonable Doubt: The Harry Dexter White Spy Case, a biography praised by noted historian and PBS commentator Michael Beschloss as "a fascinating book....a thoughtful and carefully-argued verdict on a legendary and controversial case." Writing in the American Historical Review, historian Richard Gid Powers characterized Craig's biography as "a work of prodigious and meticulous scholarship: and that "on the basis of this achievement, Craig deserves to be ranked among the finest historians of the domestic Cold War.” Craig is also the author of numerous popular and scholarly articles on Cold War espionage.

Craig possesses special expertise in Freedom of Information (FOIA) issues. In 2001 he was responsible for leading the successful effort to unseal the records of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). In 1997 he sued the U.S. Department of Justice which resulted in a landmark court decision (Craig v. USA) that affirmed that federal courts may unseal grand jury records exclusively for the purpose of scholarly historical research. Following that decision, he played a major role in preparing two additional successful court petitions -- one that opened the the Alger Hiss grand jury records to the public (1999) and more recently , his historical brief assisted the National Security Archive in its successful effort to force open the grand jury records of the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg espionage case (2008).

Craig teaches American history at the University of Prince Edward Island (Canada). Since 2008 he has served as the Atlantic Representative of the Canadian Association For Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS). He is also a Fellow with the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society

Craig's current project is writing a biography of American State Department official and alleged Soviet spy, Alger Hiss. The book is slotted for publication by Ivan R. Dee (Chicago) in 2012.

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Author: Treasonable Doubt: The Harry Dexter White Spy Case (University Press of Kansas, 1994)


Editor: Freeman Tilden's Interpreting Our Heritage (50th anniversary edition -- expanded & updated; University of North Carolina Press, 2007)