William McCullough Tuttle, Jr.

William Tuttle


Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Kansas
Location: Lawrence, Kansas, United States

William McCullough Tuttle, Jr., Professor Emeritus at the University of Kansas, has been recognized by Marquis Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in American Studies.

By the time Dr. Tuttle was a sophomore in college, he knew he wanted to become a history professor. His parents were both graduates of the University of Chicago, and his father was a pioneering and nationally recognized thoracic surgeon. He was inspired by the examples of service and accomplishment they provided him. Dr. Tuttle earned a Bachelor of Arts at Denison University in 1959.  After completing his degree, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Force from 1959 to 1962; as a first lieutenant, he was decorated for meritorious service. He then matriculated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving a Master of Arts in 1964 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1967.

Dr. Tuttle credits his wife Kathryn Nemeth Tuttle for his success. Their extended family, of whom he is very proud, includes four children and six grandchildren. He is also proud of seeing his graduate students receive their doctorates and become professors themselves. Dr. Tuttle started his career with the University of Kansas in 1967 and has remained there to this day. During his tenure at Kansas, he was promoted to professor of history in 1975 and professor of American studies in 2000. Since 2008, he has been professor emeritus of American studies. Dr. Tuttle’s research has been supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies,  and he has also held residential fellowships at Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and Stanford Universities.  In 2007, he was named the John Adams Distinguished Fulbright Chair in American History at Radboud University in the Netherlands.

Dr. Tuttle is the author or coauthor of a dozen books, including the award-winning Race Riot: Chicago in the Red Summer of 1919 (2nd edition, 1996) and seven editions of the best-selling college-level textbook A People & A Nation (1982-2005). His book “Daddy’s Gone to War”: The Second World War in the Lives of America’s Children (1993) was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Tuttle has received numerous accolades, including but not limited to the University of Kansas’ top awards for teaching, research, and service, as well as an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Denison University in 2018. Dr. Tuttle is an elected Fellow of the Society of American Historians, which recognizes literary excellence in the writing of history and biography.

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