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Calhoun Named 2009 Thomas Harriot Distinguished Professor  

East Carolina University history professor Charles W. Calhoun was named the 2009 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor during the college's annual faculty convocation Aug. 24.

Charles Calhoun
The professorship honors Calhoun's commitment to knowledge and academic life, as demonstrated by outstanding teaching and advising, research and creative work and professional service.

“I am deeply honored by this acknowledgment of my work,” Calhoun said. “But in a larger sense, I regard it as a recognition generally of the history department for its tremendous contributions to the university, both in teaching and research.”

Calhoun earned his doctorate, master of philosophy and master of arts degrees at Columbia University. He earned his bachelor of arts in history from Yale.

Calhoun joined the faculty of ECU in 1989 as a full professor and chair of the Department of History, a position he held until 1992.

He founded the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, serving as president in 1991 and 1992. He chaired the organization's publications committee, which established the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and he continues to serve on the journal's editorial and executive boards.

Calhoun has published nine books and nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles, reviews and chapters. He is a member of the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Southern Historical Association and the Center for the Study of the Presidency.

This story appeared originally in the Oct. 15, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at