An avid writer, Professor Mark Kukis spent a decade as a journalist before coming to academia. Early on Kukis served as a White House correspondent for United Press International. Kukis left UPI to cover American interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001, writing for Time, the New Republic and Salon. His experience inspired him to write Voices from Iraq, an oral history of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq as told entirely by Iraqis. Kukis earned his Ph.D. in United States History and International Relations from Boston University and holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
Inspired by his own education, Kukis believes in maintaining an open dialogue with his students about their studies. These conversations, which he believes are a critical component to their educational experience, can often last years or even decades. Professor Kukis teaches the first-year Complex Systems Cornerstone.