Dr. Yanek Mieczkowski with John Brown
Dr. Mieczkowski with John Brown, best friend and roommate of Ernie Davis, who played for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.


Yanek Mieczkowski is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the University of Central Florida’s History Department.  He has also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of North Florida. Previously, he was Professor and History Department chair at Dowling College in New York, where he taught for nineteen years, until Dowling’s June 2016 closure.

A native of Ithaca, New York, Dr. Mieczkowski holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and is the author of Eisenhower’s Sputnik Moment: The Race for Space and World Prestige (Cornell University Press, 2013), Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s (University Press of Kentucky, 2005), and The Routledge Historical Atlas of Presidential Elections (Routledge Press, 2001). He has also written an Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank to accompany the textbook America in Modern Times (McGraw-Hill, 1997).  Dr. Mieczkowski’s articles, chapters, and op-ed essays have appeared in American History and World War II History magazines, Newsday, Florida Today, the History News Network, The Reader’s Companion to the American Presidency, and many other publications. He has worked as a Writing Fellow for Oxford University Press and has contributed more than 40 biographies for OUP’s American National Biography.

Dr. Mieczkowski has appeared on ABC News, CNN, CSPAN, PBS, and the H2 History Channel, and he regularly comments on presidential history for the Regional News Network’s “Richard French Live” television show.  During the 2017 presidential inauguration, he provided live commentary for WJXT TV in Jacksonville, Florida.

For fourteen years, Dr. Mieczkowski worked as a reader and Exam Leader for the Educational Testing Service, grading the Advanced Placement Exam in U.S. History. He currently chairs the College Level Equivalency Program (CLEP) Exam Development Committee and is a member of the College Board’s History Academic Advisory Committee. Dr. Mieczkowski also sits on ABC-CLIO’s Academic Solutions editorial board, contributing nine essays to its award-winning “Idea Exchange” series.  He has also served as a consultant to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids and has given lectures at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

John Brown
Yanek Mieczkowski having lunch with John Brown in Pittsburgh (September 2015)