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NKU professor named VP of World History Association

The organization is the largest of its kind in the world

February 18, 2020


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Dr. Jonathon Reynolds.

NKU Regents Professor Dr. Jonathan Reynolds has been elected as vice president of the World History Association, the largest world history organization.

Reynolds teaches African and World History at NKU, in addition to several history courses in the Honors program. He is also a leader in historical research and has traveled to West Africa 11 times to work in the research field in Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Morocco and Ghana, along with other trips to East Asia, Europe and Central America. 

“I am particularly pleased to represent NKU to the World History Association, other scholars, organizations and institutions throughout the world,” Reynolds said. “It’s thrilling to show NKU is an institution that has taken a leadership role in World History scholarship and in the pedagogy of teaching World History. Working with the World History Association over the years has been a crucial part of my own intellectual and scholarly growth.”

Reynolds is well-known in the academic community for his publications on Food History, Africa’s place in World History and Islam and Politics in West Africa. He has previously served on the executive council of the WHA twice and assists the organization in several ways, including serving as editor for their digital journal “World History Connected.”

Now, as VP, Reynolds hopes to improve the association’s public perception and visibility, especially on social media. He wishes for academics and secondary educators to join the organization and become involved.

“Without the preservation of history, no one can really understand what’s going on in the world, because history is the backstory that lets us make sense of the present,” Reynolds said. “World history focuses not simply on the differences between various peoples and religion, but rather on the things they might share or that might have connected them, whether in the past or in the present. The unit of analysis in World History isn’t just a single place or a group during a certain period, it’s all of humanity throughout time. It is really the glue that holds together all human experience and knowledge.”

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