John Willingham

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John Willingham
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John Willingham, 2011
Born (1946-11-23) November 23, 1946 (age 71)
Waco, Texas[1]
Nationality U.S.
Occupation Writer, editor, historian
Known for Reviews of honors programs; essays; historical novel about the Goliad campaign
Website http://publicuniversityhonors.com/

John Willingham is a writer and editor known for his collections of reviews about honors programs at public universities in the United States,[2][3] for his essays about history, politics, and religion,[4] and for The Edge of Freedom: A Fact-Based Novel of the Texas Revolution.[5][6] In 2011, he founded and became editor of Public University Honors, a website that evaluates more than 50 college honors programs and provides information about honors programs in general.[2][7]

Willingham has been a contributor to the History News Network, which has published about two dozen of his essays and opinion pieces.[4] During the same period, his work appeared in a variety of publications including The Texas Observer,[8] Religion Dispatches,[9] and the San Antonio Express-News.[10]

Born in Waco in 1946, Willingham graduated from Richfield High School (Waco) and holds a bachelor's degree with honors and a master's degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin.[6] He served as McLennan County, Texas, elections administrator from 1984 through 1992, and Williamson County, Texas, Elections Administrator from 1993 through 2009.[6] In September 1998, he served as an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) election coordinator for the general election in the district of Brcko, under the dual sovereignty of Bosnia and Serbia. During 2001–05, he was a member of the National Task Force on Election Reform. Assisted by funding related to the Help America Vote Act of 2002, the task force worked to improve the security and integrity of U.S. elections.[11]

Publications[edit]

Non-fiction books[edit]

  • A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs, 2nd edition, Public University Press, 2014[12]
  • Inside Honors: Ratings and Reviews of Sixty Public University Honors Programs, Public University Press, 2016[13]

Novel[edit]

  • The Edge of Freedom, A Fact-Based Novel of the Texas Revolution, Inkwater Press, 2011[14]

Selected Op-Eds[edit]

  • "Another Election Year, Another Catastrophe in Florida", HNN, 2012[15]
  • "Florida Historians Standing Up to Rick Scott, HNN, 2012[16]
  • "Gail Collins Almost Remembers the Alamo", HNN, 2012.[17]
  • "Glenn Beck’s Christianity and Abraham Lincoln’s Religion, HNN, 2010[18]
  • "Historians and the Prop 8 Decision, HNN, 2010[19]
  • "Historical Fiction and the 'Gaps' in Academic History", HNN, 2011[20]
  • "J.H. Plumb Would Be Aghast at Today's Distorted History, HNN, 2011[21]
  • "Rick Perry's War on Higher Ed in Texas, HNN, 2011[22]
  • "Paul Ryan's Hijacking of Natural Rights", HNN, 2012[23]
  • "Sarah Palin and the Static God", Religion Dispatches, 2010[9]
  • "The Texas State Board of Education's Attempt to Christianize the Founders, HNN, 2010[24]
  • "Waco: The City Where the Waco Siege Didn't Actually Happen", HNN, 2013[25]
  • "White College Grads Preferred Donald Trump; This Raises the Question, What Happened to Critical Thinking?", HNN, 2016[26]
  • "Do a Majority of Republicans Really Distrust Higher Education?", HNN, 2017[27]

Southwest Review, SMU Press[edit]

  • "Summertime Passing", Southwest Review, short story, 1975[28]
  • "John Graves, Larry McMurtry, and the Nature of Goodbyes", essay, Southwest Review, essay, 2015[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huddleston, Scott (March 25, 2011). "Remembering the 'Goliad Massacre'". San Antonio Express-News. Hearst Newspapers. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Bruni, Frank (August 8, 2015). "A Prudent College Path". The New York Times. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ Berlinerblau, Jacques (August 26, 2017). "Starting a college admission search? Here are a professor's tips". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "John Willingham". History News Network. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ Bob, Cavendish (April 2012). "The Edge of Freedom: a Fact-Based Novel of the Texas Revolution". The Southwestern Historical Quarterly. 115 (4): 428–429. JSTOR 41617051. 
  6. ^ a b c Smith, J. B. (March 16, 2011). "Former McLennan Elections Official John Willingham to Sign Copies of His Book". Waco Tribune-Herald. BH Media Group. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Public University Honors". Public University Honors. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  8. ^ Willingham, John (October 12, 2010). "At Glenn Beck University, Hatred is the Curriculum". Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Sarah Palin and the Static God". Religion Dispatches. University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication. May 20, 2010. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  10. ^ Willingham, John (April 21, 2011). "Post San Jacinto: Gratification, Ire for Houston". San Antonio Express News. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Election 2004: Review and Recommendations by the National Election Administrators" (PDF). The Election Center. 2005. pp. i–iv. Retrieved December 9, 2016. 
  12. ^ Willingham, John. "A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs with Additional Reviews of Five Regional Public University Honors Programs" (2 ed.). WorldCat. ISBN 978-0692314869. OCLC 895669960. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ Willingham, John (2016). "Inside Honors: Ratings and Reviews of Sixty Public University Honors Programs". Amazon. ISBN 978-0692783818. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  14. ^ Willingham, John (2011). "The Edge of Freedom, A Fact-Based Novel of the Texas Revolution". Portland, Oregon: Inkwater Press. ISBN 978-1592994465. OCLC 701811425. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Another Election Year, Another Catastrophe in Florida". November 8, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Florida Historians Standing Up to Rick Scott". History News Network. December 21, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Gail Collins Almost Remembers the Alamo". History News Network. June 22, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Glenn Beck's Christianity and Abraham Lincoln's Religion". History News Network. September 13, 2010. Retrieved December 9, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Historians and the Prop 8 Decision". History News Network. August 30, 2010. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Historical Fiction and the 'Gaps' in Academic History". History News Network. February 6, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  21. ^ "J.H. Plumb Would Be Aghast at Today's Distorted History". History News Network. August 21, 2011. Retrieved December 9, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Rick Perry's War on Higher Ed in Texas". History News Network, June 19, 2011. Retrieved December 9, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Paul Ryan's Hijacking of Natural Rights". History News Network. August 27, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  24. ^ "The Texas State Board of Education's Attempt to Christianize the Founders". History News Network. March 9, 2010. Retrieved December 9, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Waco: The City Where the Waco Siege Didn't Actually Happen". History News Network. April 9, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  26. ^ ""White College Grads Preferred Donald Trump; This Raises the Question, What Happened to Critical Thinking?"". History News Network. December 25, 2016. Retrieved December 25, 2016. 
  27. ^ ""Do a Majority of Republicans Really Distrust Higher Education?"". History News Network. July 23, 2017. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Summertime Passing". Southwest Review. 60 (3): 234–43. Summer 1975. JSTOR 43471219. 
  29. ^ "John Graves, Larry McMurtry, and the Nature of Goodbyes". Southwest Review. 100 (3): 297–306. Summer 2015. 

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