Dr. Brad D. Lookingbill is Professor of History at Columbia College of Missouri. Previous to his academic career, he served in the Army National Guard and Reserve. He was recognized as an Honor Graduate of his Army basic training unit and later graduated with honors from the Primary Leadership Development Course for non-commissioned officers.
Dr. Lookingbill earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1991. At the University of Toledo, he obtained the Master of Arts in History in 1993 and the Doctor of Philosophy in History in 1995. From 1995 to 1996, he taught classes on U.S. and world history at Independence Community College in Kansas. In 1996, he joined the Columbia College faculty.
While teaching courses on American history at Columbia College, Dr. Lookingbill received the Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2002. In 2003, he was selected as a Frederick W. Beinecke Fellow in Western Americana at Yale University. In 2007, he earned the Columbia College Trustee’s Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2010, he was awarded the Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Historical Association.
Dr. Lookingbill is the author of multiple books and a contributor to several anthologies, encyclopedias, and journals. He recently completed The American Military: A Narrative History, which was published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2013. He resides in Columbia, Missouri, with his wife Deidra, his son Augustus, and his daughter Beatrice.
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