Executive Director, National Coalition for History, 2000–2007


Independent Historian

Bruce Craig was executive director of the National Coalition for History (NCH) from 2000–2007. Craig, who holds a PhD in history from American University, came to the National Coalition for History from the National Park Service, where he was a senior historian. During his tenure as director of the NCH, he not only oversaw the nomenclatural transformation of what had been the National Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History into the National Coalition for History, and its registration as a 501(c)3 organization, but also ensured through strategic negotiations and energetic activity to effectively promote the interests of the more than 75 members of the coalition. Whether it was closely monitoring legislative decisions, testifying to congressional committees, or ensuring that archival materials remained accessible, the many tasks that Bruce Craig successfully undertook helped in many ways the members of the coalition (and through them the larger universe of historians, archivists, and others connected to studying the past).

Upon moving to Canada in 2007 Craig embarked on a new career as a professor of history at the University of Prince Edward Island. From 2008–17 he was a fellow affiliated with the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. In 2012 he served as president of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies. Today he continues to work as an independent historian, biographer, and teacher.