Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993
Professor Kuhn is a specialist in twentieth-century southern history and in oral history. His current project is a biography of the sociologist Arthur Raper. His publications include Living Atlanta: An Oral History of the City, 1914-1948 (University of Georgia Press, 1990), Contesting the New South Order: The 1914-1915 Strike at Atlanta's Fulton Mills (University of North Carolina Press, 2001) and "'There's a Footnote to History!' Memory and the History of Martin Luther King's October 1960 Arrest," which appeared in the September 1997 issue of the Journal of American History. For many years, he was the director of the Georgia Government Documentation Project, an archive and oral history project on the state's political heritage. He was named a distinguished lecturer of the Organization of American Historians in 2003.
Kuhn has been involved with numerous oral and public history efforts, including the award-winning "Living Atlanta" and "Will the Circle be Unbroken" radio series. In 2004 he served as a member of the revision team for the Georgia Performance Standards in social studies. From 2004 to the present he has played a leading role in the Coalition to Remember the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot, continuing to offer walking tours of Downtown sites related the the riot on the second Sunday of each month. In 2007, he served as co-chair of the Content Council for the forthcoming Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta and is still involved with the Center's development.
Kuhn has played a leading role in the field of oral history. He served on the council of the Oral History Association, the national professional organization in the field, from 1994-97, was guest editor for a special oral history issue of the Magazine of History (Spring 1997), and in 200-2001 served as OHA president. In January 2013, he became the OHA's first ever executive director, when the OHA moved its executive office to Georgia State and the Department of History.
Martin Luther King Torch of Peace Award for the promotion of intercultural relations, Georgia State University, 2008.
Governor's Awards in the Humanities, 2008.
National Federation of Community Broadcasters Golden Reel Award for outstanding radio documentary, A Southern Profile: The Life and Times of Arthur Raper, 1987.