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Dr. Richard Zuczek

Humanities Department, Department Head
RZuczek Dr. Richard Zuczek is the Head of Humanities and the senior Historian at the Coast Guard Academy. He has served on Washington D.C. Internship Selection Committee, the Cadet Candidate Evaluation Board, the Faculty Senate, numerous faculty searches, the In-Service Committee, the Senior Management Team’s Monitoring and Implementation Team, the Strategic Enrollment Implementation Team, and the Superintendent’s Council on Institutional Effectiveness. From 2007 through 2009 he was Section Chief for the Government Major. He has been involved in accreditation since 2005, including serving as Steering Committee Chair for the Academy’s 2010 re-accreditation, and its 2015 mid-term report. He currently serves on the Credentials Committee, and as Chair of the department’s implementation efforts for the new major and core curriculum.


  • Ph.D. History, The Ohio State University, 1993
  • M.A., History, The Ohio State University, 1989
  • B.A., History, The Pennsylvania State University, 1986
  • B.A., Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University, 1986

Courses Taught

  • History of the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Leaders in U.S. History
  • U.S. Military Policy
  • Modern Europe
  • The Era of the American Civil War

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Zuczek, Richard. Reconstruction: An Historical Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: ABC-Clio/Greenwood Press, 2016
  • Zuczek, Richard. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of the Reconstruction Era. 2 Volumes. Westport, CT: The Greenwood Press, 2006
  • Schroeder-Lien, Glenna, and Richard Zuczek. Andrew Johnson: A Biographical Companion. Los Angeles, CA: ABC-Clio, 2001
  • Bergeron, Paul H., Glenna Schroeder-Lien, Marion Smith, and Richard Zuczek, eds., The Papers of Andrew Johnson, vols. 12-16. Knoxville TN: The University of Tennessee Press, 1995-2000
  • Zuczek, Richard. “I Stand Here the Equal of Any Man: The Life of Robert Smalls,” in Steven E. Woodworth, ed., The Human Tradition in the Civil War and Reconstruction Era,. New York: Scholarly Resources Press, 1999
  • Zuczek, Richard. State of Rebellion: Reconstruction in South Carolina. Columbia, SC: The University of South Carolina Press, 1996
  • Zuczek, Richard. “Southern Occupation: A Review of the Literature,” in Steven E. Woodworth, ed., The American Civil War: A Handbook of Research and Literature. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996
  • Zuczek, Richard. “The Last Campaign of the Civil War: South Carolina and the Revolution of 1876,” in Civil War History 42 (March 1996)
  • Zuczek, Richard. “The Government’s Attack on the Ku Klux Klan: A Reassessment,” in South Carolina Historical Magazine, 97 (January 1996)


  • The 2016 Recipient of the Coast Guard Academy’s Alumni Association’s Distinguished Faculty Award
  • Elected President, U.S. Coast Guard Academy Faculty Senate, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Professional Memberships

  • The American Political Science Association

Contact Information

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