Faculty Awards, Grants, and Honors

The faculty members of the Department of History & Political Science have been widely recognized for their contributions to research, teaching, and service. Most years, several of our faculty members win campus Outstanding Teaching Awards and Faculty Research, Teaching, and Service Awards. This page focuses, however, on the more prestigious campus and UM system awards, as well as recognitions from outside agencies and institutions.

UM System Awards:

Larry Gragg, Thomas Jefferson Award, 2014. This is the UM system’s most prestigious award, given each year to a single faculty member in the entire system, in recognition of “faculty who rise above excellence and demonstrate clear distinction in teaching, research, writing, creative activities and service to the University of Missouri and humankind.”  

S&T Faculty Excellence Awards. This award recognizes faculty who excel in all three areas of teaching, research, and service.

Diana Ahmad, 2002, 2006

Michael Bruening, 2013

Larry Gragg, 1990, 1998, 2001, 2002

Patrick Huber, 2008, 2015

John McManus, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education:

Diana Ahmad, 2016

John McManus, 2012

Book Awards:

Petra DeWitt, Degrees of Allegiance: Harassment and Loyalty in Missouri’s World War I German-American Community (Ohio University Press, 2012): Missouri History Book Award (State Historical Society of Missouri), 2012.

Shannon Fogg, The Politics of Everyday Life in Vichy France: Foreigners, Undesirables, and Strangers (Cambridge University Press, 2009): Best Book Award, (Missouri Conference on History), 2009

Larry Gragg, The Quaker Community on Barbados: Challenging the Culture of the Planter Class (University of Missouri Press, 2009): University of Missouri Curators’ Award for Scholarly Excellence, 2011.

Larry Gragg, “Bright Light City”: Las Vegas in Popular Culture (University Press of Kansas, 2013): Finalist, Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary (Western Writers of America), 2014

Patrick Huber, Linthead Stomp: The Creation of Country Music in the Piedmont South (University of North Carolina Press, 2008): 1) Belmont Book Award (Belmont University), 2009; 2) Award for Excellence: Historical Recorded Sound Research in Country Music (Association for Recorded Sound Collections), 2009; 3) Wayland D. Hand Prize (American Folklore Society), 2010.

John McManus, Grunts: Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience, World War II through the Present, (NAL/Penguin, 2010), named to U.S. Army Chief of Staff Professional Reading List

John McManus, The Dead and Those About to Die, D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach, (NAL/Penguin, 2014): 1) Honorable Mention, U.S. Military History Group, Best Book Award; 2) St. Louis Post Dispatch Best Books List, 2015  

Major External Grants:

Michael Bruening:

  • Short visit grant, Swiss National Science Foundation, 2009.
  • NEH Summer Stipend, 2009.
  • NEH Summer Seminar, “Communication, Empire, and the City of Rome,” Rome, 2012.
  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant, France, 2016.

Shannon Fogg:

  • Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2010.
  • Paula Hyman Memorial Research Award. Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, 2011.

Shannon Fogg, Audra Merfeld-Langston (Arts, Languages, and Philosophy), and Kristine Swenson (English and Technical Communication)

  • NEH Humanities Connection grant, 2017-19.

Larry Gragg:

  • Missouri Historical Records Program Grant, 2001.
  • Weldon Spring Research Grant, 1984.

John McManus:

  • Cantigny First Infantry Division Foundation Fellowship, 2012-2013
  • NEH Public Scholar Grant, 2016.

Kathleen Sheppard and Audra Merfeld-Langston

  • US Department of Education, Undergraduate International Studies Foreign Language grant: 2016-18.