Dr. Kevin Gannon

Title: Prof & Dir, Ctr for Excell. in Teaching
Dept.: Center for Excellence, History
Office: Rasm 209/JENS 112

Kevin Gannon is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Grand View University. He has authored several articles and chapters on the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction eras, and publishes regularly on U.S. history, pedagogy, and higher education. His work has appeared inThe Chronicle of Higher Education, Vitae, and Vox, and he has appeared on Democracy Now! and several other media outlets. He is a regular contributor to the Teaching U.S. History blog, and a guest author on both The Junto and The Age of Revolutions blogs. Gannon is a nationally-recognized speaker on race and U.S. history; pedagogy and higher education; and justice and inclusion. He regularly delivers keynotes and facilitates workshops at venues and campuses across the United States and Canada. In 2016, Gannon appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th. 

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Academic History

  • B.A., History, James Madison University
  • M.A., History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ph.D., History, University of South Carolina

Start Date at Grand View

  • June 2004

Areas of Expertise

  • U.S. History, particularly the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Race and Racism in U.S. History
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • History of Capitalism

Research / Accomplishments

Dr. Gannon's current projects include A Continental History of the Civil War Era (under contract with Routledge) and Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, to be published as part of West Virginia University Press’s Teaching and Learning in Higher Education series, edited by James M. Lang. He's also building a digital archive and reader for primary sources in U.S. History.

Honors & Awards

  • Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award, Grand View University, 2015.
  • Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award, Grand View University, 2010.
  • Fellow, Lutheran Academy of Scholars, Harvard University, 2005.
  • Grand View College Teaching Scholar, 2004-2007.
  • Gilman French Montgomery Award, Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of South Carolina, 2002.

Questions & Answers

What makes Grand View unique among other universities?
Lots of small colleges talk about placing teaching and student success at the center of everything, but Grand View follows through on that promise. We are all-in on teaching and learning, and devote an enormous amount of time and energy to student success.
What is your favorite part about working at Grand View?
My colleagues. There are amazing people on our faculty and staff, and I learn from them every day.
Dr. Kevin Gannon