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Ron Formisano


Ph.D., Wayne State, 1966


Ron Formisano is the William T. Bryan Chair of American History and has taught at the University of Kentucky since 2001. Before that he taught at the University of Florida (1990-2001), Clark University (1973-1990), and the University of Rochester (1968-1973). He works and teaches in the field of United States political culture and politics in the nineteenth and twentieth century. His current project focuses on populist movements in American history from the Revolution to the 1990s.

Formisano won a Distinguished Senior Faculty Teaching Award at Clark University in 1987 by vote of the senior class, and a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences teaching award at the University of Florida in 1995. He has served as an editor of the Journal of American History, a member of the nominating committee of the Organization of American Historians, an AHA representative to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and past president of the New England Historical Association. In 1989 he was a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Rome and in 1994 held the Fulbright Chair of Political Science at the University of Bologna. He is married to Erica Chiquoine Formisano and has a daughter Laura and a son Matthew.

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He has published articles in the American Historial Review, Journal of American History, American Political Science Review, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, American Quarterly and other scholarly journals.