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Lerner Receives Ohio Academy of History Teaching Award

NEWARK, OH, March 29, 2018—The Ohio State University at Newark Associate Professor of History Mitchell Lerner, Ph.D., received the 2018 Teaching Award from the Ohio Academy of History (OAH). The award, which recognizes excellence in teaching, was presented to Lerner at the OAH annual conference, held at the University of Dayton on March 23-24, 2018.

A nationally recognized expert on North Korea, the Granville resident is also director of Ohio State’s Institute for Korean Studies and a regular contributor to the national discussion on U.S. foreign policy. His research and teaching focus is on modern American diplomatic and political history during the Cold War, with an emphasis on United States-East Asian relations. Lerner’s recent media appearances include: C-SPAN, "American History TV," Feb. 24, 2018; North Korea commentary, NPR, WOSU 89.7 heard on "All Things Considered," Jan. 28, 2018; and The New York Times, "Remember the Pueblo," Jan. 23, 2018.

“Mitch is not only a nationally known historian, he’s also a gifted teacher who is passionate about helping students understand our complex world,” said Ohio State Newark Dean/Director William L. MacDonald.

Lerner’s historical research has been widely published. His first book, The Pueblo Incident: A Spy Ship and the Failure of American Foreign Policy, won the 2002 John Lyman Book Award for the best work of U.S. Naval History, and was named by the American Library Association as one of fifty "historically significant works" that would not have been published after the passage of Executive Order 13233. It was also nominated for the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes.

He is also the editor of Looking Back at LBJ, a collection of essays about the Johnson Administration published in 2005, and A Companion to the Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. He has published articles about modern American politics and foreign policy in numerous anthologies and journals, including Diplomatic History, Diplomacy & Statecraft, The Journal of East Asian Affairs, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Southwestern Historical Quarterly and the Journal of Cold War Studies. He is currently at work on a policy history of the Johnson Administration, as well as a broad study of U.S.-Korean relations during the Cold War.

Lerner was elected to the governing council of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in 2008, and is on the advisory board of the North Korea International Documentation Project, directed by the Cold War International History Project at the Wilson Center for Scholars. In 2005, he won The Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Lerner received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin and his B.A. from Brandeis University.

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