(Limerick, Patricia N - 2009) -- Robert L. Stearns Award
As a nationally respected writer and historian of the American West, Professor Limerick is recognized as an advocate for bringing academic knowledge into the community and for demonstrating the benefits of applying a historical perspective to contemporary conflicts. Limerick is director of CU’s Center of the American West. She is author of The Legacy of Conquest, a best-selling book on Western American history, as well as Something in the Soil, Desert Passages, and numerous articles, essays, and columns appearing in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Center of the American West, which Professor Limerick co-founded in 1986, serves as a forum committed to civil problem solving and the exploration of key and sometimes contentious public issues. Professor Limerick has received numerous awards and honors recognizing the impact of her scholarship and her commitment to teaching, including State Humanist of the Year from the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1995, CU-Boulder’s top honor—the Hazel Barnes Prize— and the 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association. In addition, she has served on a number of advisory boards and committees, including the board of advisors for an eight-part PBS series, The West.