History Professor Honored for Article

Dr. Robert Weise, associate professor in Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of History, has received the 32nd annual Richard H. Collins Award from the Kentucky Historical Association.

Weise was honored for his article, “A New Deal in the Cold War: Carl D. Perkins, Coal, and the Political Economy of Poverty in Eastern Kentucky, 1948-1964,” which appeared in the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society,Vol. 107, No. 3.  The award carries with it a commemorative plaque and $1,000 prize.

A noted Appalachian scholar, Weise hasproduced nearly 30 conference papers, 10 journal articles, and a book, “Grasping at Independence: Debt, Male Authority and Mineral Rights in Appalachian Kentucky, 1850-1915.”  He was integral to the organization of the successful Appalachian Studies Conference held on the EKU campus in March, and frequently speaks to campus groups and service region organizations on Appalachian History and environmental issues, past and present, confronting the region.

Weise, who joined the university in 1999, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia.

Published on May 31, 2011