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ASU Prof Wins Research Grant

May 27, 2014

Dr. William A. Taylor, an assistant professor of security studies at Angelo State University, has been awarded a prestigious 2014 Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library Travel Grant by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation.

Dr. William A. TaylorDr. William A. TaylorThe Travel Grant program assists scholars’ research of primary sources in such fields as history, government, economics, communications and international affairs at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kan.  Taylor’s grant will fund a portion of his expenses while he conducts research later this year for his forthcoming second book, In the Service of Democracy: American Military Manpower from World War II to the Present, which will be published through University Press of Kansas.

This is the second time Taylor has received a grant to research at a presidential library.  In January of 2013, he was awarded a Harry S. Truman Presidential Library Research Grant while working on his first book, Every Citizen a Soldier: The Campaign for Universal Military Training after World War II.  Published through Texas A&M University Press, it will be released Aug. 1 as part of the Williams-Ford Military History Series and is available for purchase on

Taylor also received a George C. Marshall/Baruch Fellowship to conduct research for his first book at the Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Va.  Upon its release, Every Citizen a Soldier will be displayed in both the Truman and Marshall libraries.

An ASU security studies faculty member since 2011, Taylor is a former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and held posts in III Marine Expeditionary Force, Expeditionary Force Development Center and Marine Corps Combat Development Command.

He has also authored chapters in three other books, as well as more than 30 reference articles and book reviews, and has been a featured speaker for ASU’s Civil War Lecture Series.  He earned his doctoral degree in history from George Washington University, holds three master’s degrees, and graduated with his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.