Last updated on: 1/13/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Kyle Longley, PhD Biography

Title:
Snell Family Dean’s Distinguished Professor of History at Arizona State University
Position:
Con to the question "Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?"
Reasoning:

“[Reagan] clearly lied to the American people on his role [in the arms-for-hostages exchange] and most likely to investigators with the Tower Commission, but failed to rise to criminal behavior for the diversion of funds. The latter scenario clearly demonstrates that he would lie to protect himself when pressed, hiding under the guise of memory lapses. This scenario severely damages any characterization of him as the role model for character.

In the final analysis, while conservatives try to portray Reagan as a paragon of virtue, the lies, the corruption, and the scandals that surrounded him were significant… Reagan failed to reach the standard of the mythology of his followers and in many ways failed to rise to the standards established by his role models including Franklin Roosevelt.”

“When Character Was King? Ronald Reagan and the Issues of Ethics and Morality” in Deconstructing Reagan: Conservative Mythology and America’s Fortieth President, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Snell Family Dean’s Distinguished Professor of History, Arizona State University (ASU), 1995-present
  • Dean’s Faculty Fellow, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University
  • Member, South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies
  • Member, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
  • Member, Distinguished Lecturer Board, Organization of America Historians
  • Program Committee Member, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Society
  • Program Committee Member, Southern Historical Association
  • Member, Frederick Jackson Turner Book Prize Committee, 2006
  • Organizer and Host, Third Conference on Inter-American Relations, Feb. 1999
  • Education:
  • PhD, History, University of Kentucky, 1994
  • MA, History, Texas Tech University, 1989
  • BA, History, Angelo State University, 1987
  • Other:
  • Recipient, Zebulon Pearce Teaching Award for Outstanding Teacher in the Humanities
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?