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Research

John A. Kirk, Chair and Donaghey Professor of History

Professor Kirk’s research focuses on the history of the civil rights movement in the United States, the South, and Arkansas. He has published five books and written in a variety of journals, edited book collections, and popular history magazines. He has won a number of awards for his research including the F. Hampton Roy Award (1993) from the Pulaski County Historical Association, and the Walter L. Brown Award (1994), the J. G. Ragsdale Book Award (2003), and the Lucille Westbrook Award (2005) from the Arkansas Historical Association. He has held grants from the British Academy, the British Association of American Studies, the Roosevelt Study Center (Middleburg, the Netherlands), the Rockefeller Archive Center (New York) and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library (Boston). Publications include: Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas, 1962-1967, co-edited with Jennifer Jensen Wallach, forthcoming 2011; ed. An Epitaph for Lit tle Rock: A Fiftieth Anniversary Retrospective on the Central High Crisis, 2008; Beyond Little Rock: The Origins and Legacies of the Central High Crisis, 2007; ed. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement: Controversies and Debates, 2007; Martin Luther King, Jr. 2005; Redefining the Color Line: Black Activism in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1940-1970. 2002.

Updated 10.15.2010