David Hamilton Golland, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Humanities
President, Faculty Senate
Governors State University


Committee on Research and Government, Organization of American Historians
Board of Directors, Park Forest Historical Society

What I'm Writing:
A Terrible Thing to Waste:
Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican

This is a political biography of a civil rights leader and former professional football player known as the “father of affirmative action.” Fletcher served four Republican presidents but was unable to adjust to the increasingly anti-civil rights philosophy of the Republican Party. The title evokes Mr. Fletcher’s service as Director of the United Negro College Fund during the 1970s. Click here for more information.

What I'm Reading:
Nathaniel R. Jones, Answering the Call: An Autobiography of the Modern Struggle to End Racial Discrimination in America (The New Press, 2016)

From Amazon: Answering the Call is an extraordinary eyewitness account from an unsung hero of the battle for racial equality in America—a battle that, far from ending with the great victories of the civil rights era, saw some of its signal achievements in the desegregation fights of the 1970s and its most notable setbacks in the affirmative action debates that continue into the present in Ferguson, Baltimore, and beyond. Click here to read it yourself.
Up next: Browne, One Righteous Man

What I'm Teaching:
HIST 4910: Senior Capstone I: Methods
Fall 2017, Thursdays, 4:30-7:20

First half of the senior capstone experience. Emphasis is on the principles of historical research, the organization of materials, and the discussion of various writing styles. Students work closely with the instructor throughout the semester. Restricted to history majors in the senior/final year of the degree or by permission of the instructor. Visit the online syllabus now / Click here for other courses.

What I've Published Lately:
"Digitizing the Fletcher Papers: A Unique Historical Experience"
Perspectives on History (April, 2015)

In July 2014 I traveled to Hollywood, Florida, to do research in a private, unprocessed collection of personal papers from the estate of Arthur Fletcher. Frankly, I did not know what to expect. Fletcher’s son, Paul, had moved the papers from a flooded basement in Washington, DC, after his father’s death. Read "Digitizing the Fletcher Papers" now / Click here for more publications.

The next time you see me, ask about my lapel pin!
 
 

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  • On the Road
  • November 9-11, 2017: Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

  • At the Blog
    8/16/17: On Academic Administration and Tenure Review
    Sadly, there is a national trend towards a permanent administrative class, and even non-academics being hired as college presidents. Part of the problem is that the salary differential discourages administrators from returning to faculty of their own volition; the "golden handcuffs" principle. My ideal academic world would have everyone with tenure.... Read more

    From the Peers
  • Rubio on Golland, American Historical Review
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  • On the Wall
  • 2014 Governors State University Research Grant
  • 2013 Governors State University Research Grant
  • 2011 Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Travel Grant
  • 2011 Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Travel Grant
  • 2007 National Society of Colonial Dames Fellowship
  • 2007 Thomas W. Smith Graduate Scholarship
  • 2007 Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Travel Grant
  • 2002 Starr Foundation Grant
  • 2000 Arnold Picker Endowed Fund
  • 2000 Edwin and Barbara Kanner Award
  • 2000 Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowship
  • 1999 Solomon Toubin Memorial Award

  • Department of Humanities
    Suite C3370, Governors State University
    One University Parkway, University Park, IL 60484
    dgolland@govst.edu

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