Hal Wert

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Hal Wert is a lecturer for the Global & International Studies MA Program at the Edwards Campus, teaching for the program since spring of 2004. Dr. Wert is also a Professor of History at the Kansas City Art Institute. GIST courses taught include GIST 750 "Rising Tension in East Asia," GIST 705 "Globalization in History."

He is the author of a number of scholarly articles and in January 2005 Stackpole Books published Hoover the Fishing President: Portrait of the Private Man and His Life Outdoors.  Forthcoming books include Hoover, Roosevelt and the Specter of Starvation: American Aid for Europe 1939-41 and Aiming at the Heart of America: The Relief Posters of World War II.  In fall 2009, Zenith Press released Hope: A Collection of Obama Posters and Prints.  In addition, Dr. Wert has written many book reviews published in the Journal of Military History and the Military Review.  In 2006 he was a finalist for the William Rockhill Nelson Award for Literary Excellence and his book on Hoover was chosen by the Kansas City Star as one of the 100 notable books of the year.  In spring 2010 Hope was awarded a Benjamin Franklin Prize for the best book in politics/current affairs by the Independent Book Publishers Association. He has appeared on C-Span’s Book TV series Public Lives and in May 2007 he was interviewed on the C-Span Book TV Bus at the Kansas City Literary Festival.

Professor Wert has had a number travel and research grants from the Hoover, Roosevelt, and Truman Presidential Libraries; 3 Fulbright/Hays Group Project Awards to Eastern Europe; a Hoover Institution Summer Fellowship at Stanford University; an International Research Exchange Grant (IREX); a Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars grant as well as a Rockefeller Archives Center Research Grant. In spring 2009, he received an Earhart Fellowship Research Grant and in summer 2010 he received a fellowship in military history at the United States Military Academy West Point.

In 1999 Professor Wert was awarded the Kansas City Art Institute Excellence in Teaching Award and has been named four times to Who’s Who among America’s Teachers, 1994, 1998, 2000 and 2005.  He was the recipient of the Missouri Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000.  In 2009 he received the Kansas City Art Institute’s award for Outstanding Achievement.

Educated at the University of Iowa and the University of Kansas, he earned a BA at Iowa and received an MA and PhD from Kansas.

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