Dr. William A. Taylor, an associate professor of global security studies at Angelo State University, has been awarded a 2021 Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Research Grant in support of his forthcoming fifth book, “The Advent of the All-Volunteer Force: Protecting Free Society.”
The grant will fund Taylor’s archival research at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, particularly the federal policies, foreign relations and national politics of the 1960s and 1970s. Especially relevant to Taylor’s current book project are the Ford Library’s Melvin R. Laird Papers. Laird served as secretary of defense during the U.S. military’s transition to an all-volunteer force (AVF) and was a pivotal figure in its advent.
This most recent award also marks Taylor’s fifth national research grant or prize this year. His previous 2021 awards include:
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation Research Grant
- Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation Moody Research Grant
- Harry S. Truman Institute Research Grant
- Sharon Ritenour Stevens Prize from the Association for Documentary Editing
“The Advent of the All-Volunteer Force: Protecting Free Society” will be published in London and New York through Routledge, a global publisher of academic books and journals in the humanities and social sciences, and will be included in Routledge’s “Critical Moments in American History” book series.
An ASU faculty member since 2011, Taylor holds the Lee Drain Endowed University Professorship and is a previous chair of ASU’s Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice. He is the series editor for the new book series, “Studies in Civil-Military Relations,” with University Press of Kansas, and is the author or editor of four previous books:
- “George C. Marshall and the Early Cold War: Policy, Politics, and Society” (2020)
- “Contemporary Security Issues in Africa” (2019)
- “Military Service and American Democracy: From World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars” (2016)
- “Every Citizen a Soldier: The Campaign for Universal Military Training after World War II” (2014) – Won a 2015 Crader Family Book Prize Honorable Mention.
Taylor has now won 19 national grants, fellowships and prizes to fund research for his books, which are housed in over 1,450 libraries throughout the U.S. and in more than 50 other countries. He has also contributed to 23 other books and has published more than 85 reference articles and book reviews.