Experts & Witnesses
To request an interview with one or more of the following May 4 experts and witnesses, please contact Eric Mansfield (firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-672-2797), Emily Vincent (email@example.com or 330-672-8595) or Bob Burford (firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-672-8516) of the university’s media relations team.
Kent State University professor emerita of English and founding director of Kent State's May 4 Visitors Center.
Kent State University professor emeritus of anthropology
Jerry M. Lewis
Thomas Grace was one of the wounded students on May 4, 1970, at Kent State University. He is a scholar and instructor of American history. He specializes in dissent and the protest movement in the 1960s and is author of “Kent State: A Legacy of Dissent, 1958-1973,” forthcoming from University of Massachusetts Press. He brings a unique perspective as a history scholar and student wounded at Kent State to contextualizing May 4 in its times. He lectures and teaches at colleges in Western New York.
Jay Winter is the Charles J. Stille professor of history at Yale University. He is an expert on war and remembrance, which includes his scholarship on “public” and “collective” history and the “memory boom.” He is the author/co-author of 14 books and has edited 16 others. He served as the co-producer and chief historian for the PBS/BBC television series “The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century,” which won an Emmy Award, Peabody Award, and Producers Guild of America Award for best documentary in 1997. Winter also is founding member and designer of the Historial de la grand guerre (international museum of the First World War) in Péronne, Somme, France.
Renee Romano is an associate professor of history at Oberlin College. She specializes in the history of race relations in the United States since World War II. She is author of “Race Mixing: Black-White Marriage in Postwar America” and co-editor of “The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory.” Her current book project (forthcoming from Harvard University Press) is tentatively titled “Justice Delayed: Civil Rights Trials and America’s Racial Reckoning.”
Doug Fuller is president of Fuller Design Group – Architects in Kent, Ohio. He was a sophomore architecture student at Kent State University when the May 4, 1970, events occurred. Though he did not see the shootings, he was nearby and spent some time in the area of the shootings as people were trying to help those who had been injured. He stayed in Kent, marrying a local, and for many years, he did not tell people that he was near the shootings when they occurred. Fuller is past president of Main Street Kent and a member of the Kent Historical Society and Kent Area Chamber of Commerce.
Franco Ruffini serves as deputy state historic preservation officer at the Ohio Historic Preservation Office. He oversees the Inventory & Registration, Technical Preservation Services, and Resource Protection and Review departments. Ruffini also administers the Certified Local Government program.