Michael A. Morrison studied history at the University of Michigan where he received his Ph.D. in December 1989. He began teaching in Purdue’s Department of History in August 1991. In addition he was associate editor of the Journal of the Early Republic from 1989 to 1993; from 1994 to 2004 he was co-editor, with John L. Larson, of the Journal. Professor Morrison is the author of Slavery and the American West: The Eclipse of Manifest Destiny and the Coming of the Civil War, which was a choice of the History Book Club. He is also the editor of The Human Tradition in Antebellum America, and co-editor with James Brewer Stewart of Race and the Early Republic: Racial Consciousness and Nation-building in the Early Republic; with Melinda Zook of Revolutionary Currents: Nation Building in the Transatlantic World; and with John Larson of Whither the Early Republic: A Forum on the Future of the Field. Most recently he edited Encyclopedia of U. S. Political History, Volume 2, The Founding and Early National Periods, 1783-1840. He is currently working on a book-length manuscript on the Mexican American War.
Professor Morrison teaches the first half of the United States survey, Jacksonian America, American political history, Society, Culture, and Rock and Roll, and most recently, The Politics of Popular Culture in the 20th Century United States. He has been the recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Teaching Excellence Award and Purdue University’s Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. In 1998, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him Indiana Professor of the Year.
Professor Morrison is married to Professor Nancy F. Gabin, who teaches United States women's and labor history and a class on the United States in the 1960s at Purdue University. They have two children, Natty and Katie, both of whom took their degrees from Purdue University. To their credit, both have a vast knowledge of rock and roll music and have never been arrested—on any serious charge. The same can be said for their parents.
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