Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Stanford University
Location: Stanford, California, United States
Carl Degler, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in American history.
Dr. Degler was drafted in 1942 to serve in the Army Air Force, working as a weather observer. Upon completion of his service, he received the GI Bill, but wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. He followed his interest in history at Columbia University, first receiving a Master of Arts in 1947 and then a PhD in 1952. He had previously received an AB from Upsala College in 1942. In addition to these degrees, Dr. Degler earned an LHD from Upsala College in 1969, a Master of Arts from Oxford University in 1973, and LLD from Ripon College in 1976 and an LLD from Colgate University in 1978.
Dr. Degler began his career as an educator in 1947, originally joining the faculty at Hunter College as an adjunct professor. He continued at New York University, Adelphi University and the City College of New York in similar roles. From 1952 to 1968, Dr. Degler taught at Vassar College, serving as the chairman of the department of history before joining Stanford University. He remained at Stanford for the entirety of his career, becoming the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History in 1972. Dr. Degler retired in 1990 and was honored with the professor emeritus title.
While at Stanford, Dr. Degler trained 23 PhD students who teach at universities across America. One Japanese student that he trained teaches American History in Tokyo. He was also exceptionally proud of admonishing his peers at an annual meeting of the American Historical Association to not abandon the study of nationalism, so that a more complete understanding of the nation-state could be achieved. It is likewise vital to understand that borders between groups, which vary by sex, ethnicity, race, location, and economic position, form the seams that prevent a society from coming together, and they must be addressed. In recognition of his work, Dr. Degler has received the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize from Phi Beta Kappa in 1991. He has also been included as a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, Guggenheim and the National Endowment of the Humanities. He was named an Outstanding Scholar of the LaGuardia Archives in 1991 and has received recognition from the American Philosophical Society.
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