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Security Studies Prof Wins Research Grants

January 04, 2016

Dr. William A. Taylor, an assistant professor of security studies at Angelo State University, has been awarded a 2016 Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation Research Grant and a 2016 Moody Research Grant from the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation.

The grants will fund Taylor’s research at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kan., for his forthcoming book titled “In Defense of Democracy: American Military Service from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom.” The book is scheduled to be published later this year through University Press of Kansas. 

The Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation awards a limited number of grants for research at the Johnson Presidential Library that are underwritten by the Moody Foundation of Galveston. The Eisenhower Presidential Library assists scholars’ research through its competitive Abilene Travel Grants Program that is funded and administered through the Eisenhower Foundation. 

Dr. William TaylorDr. William TaylorTaylor has now won a total of 10 national grants and fellowships to fund research for his books, including awards from the U.S. Army Military History Institute (2015), the University of North Texas (2015), the Harry S. Truman Library Institute (2013, 2015), the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation (2014), the Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation (2014, 2016), the George C. Marshall Library (2012) and the Society for Military History (2010). 

Taylor’s first book, “Every Citizen a Soldier,” was published in the summer of 2014 and was awarded a Crader Family Book Prize Honorable Mention by the Crader Family Endowment for American Values.  

A former U.S. Marine, Taylor joined the ASU security studies faculty in 2011. He has also contributed to 10 other books, has published over 45 reference articles and book reviews in more than 15 journals, and was a featured speaker for ASU’s Civil War Lecture Series. 

In addition to his academic credentials, Taylor served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than six years, holding posts in III Marine Expeditionary Force, Expeditionary Force Development Center and Marine Corps Combat Development Command. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a doctorate in history from George Washington University. 

For more information, contact Taylor at 325-486-6689 or