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April 6, 2010: History Professor Earns Top Faculty Honor at UNC


University of Northern Colorado History Professor Marshall Clough has been named winner of the 2010 M. Lucile Harrison Award.

The university's top faculty honor, awarded each year by the Office of the Provost, recognizes a faculty member with a long career of professional excellence in teaching as well as in professional activity and service, all accomplishments that marked the career of M. Lucile Harrison.

At UNC Clough has taught a variety of courses including world history and the histories of the western civilization, Africa, Britain and Ireland. His strong belief in interdisciplinary general education led him to teach courses with colleagues from the English, Philosophy and Visual Arts programs in the school's Life of the Mind and Honors programs.

Clough's scholarly work has focused on the history of Kenya in the colonial and independent periods. He has written two books, "Fighting Two Sides: Kenyan Chiefs and Politicians, 1918-1940" and "Mau Mau Memoirs: History, Memory, and Politics."

He's also co-edited a bibliography of the Mau Mau revolt, written numerous articles and book chapters, and presented papers at dozens of scholarly conferences. He's currently engaged in a long-term project on the historical significance of prison memoirs in 20th-century Africa.

Clough has received fellowships and grants from the Fulbright Program and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has served on numerous boards around the state, including the Greeley Historic Preservation Commission, Colorado Endowment for the Humanities and the Denver Center Theatre.

Also outside the classroom, he's served as a judge and group leader during the school's regional History Day competition for middle and high school students.

Clough, who has taught at the university since 1975, earned his bachelor's degree from Columbia University and did his graduate work at Stanford University, earning a master's degree in modern European history and a Ph.D. in African history.

He will be honored at spring commencement ceremonies next month and will be the featured speaker at UNC's annual convocation this fall.

- For a list of past M. Lucile Harrison Award winners, click here (PDF)

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