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Bob Bain receives the 2022 Pioneers in World History Award 

September 09, 2022

The award recognizes the extraordinary contributions of individuals to world history studies that have advanced the field in a significant way.


At its annual conference this summer, the World History Association (WHA) named Bob Bain, chair of the Secondary Educator Preparation Program and associate professor in the School of Education, and associate professor in the Department of History, LSA, one of its “Pioneers in World History.” The honor acknowledges Bain’s many years of research on teaching and learning world and big history, his work in designing the Big History and World History Project courses, and his scholarship on scales thinking. 

Awarded to only two people per year, the Pioneers in World History Award “recognizes scholars’ exceptional contributions toward advancing the field of world history.”  

“I am honored by this recognition,” says Bain, “especially since I join only 24 other people so [distinguished] in the WHA’s history—among them luminaries whose scholarship in global history has shaped my thinking and teaching for a long time.”

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Chair of the Secondary Educator Preparation Program; Associate Professor, Marsal Family School of Education; By Courtesy Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts