About David Golland

Dr. David Hamilton Golland is Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School, and Professor of History, at Monmouth University. He holds a PhD from the City University of New York and an MA from the University of Virginia. Prior to his appointment at Monmouth in 2022, Dr. Golland was Professor of History at Governors State University in the Chicago suburbs, where he served two terms as President of the University Faculty Senate. His books, Constructing Affirmative Action: The Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity (University Press of Kentucky, 2011) and A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican (University Press of Kansas, 2019), have garnered positive reviews in the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, and the Journal of Southern History, among others. A Terrible Thing to Waste was the 2020-2021 Washburn University iRead (freshman common read) selection, and Constructing Affirmative Action was the subject of a panel discussion at the 2012 annual conference of the National Association for Ethnic Studies. Dr. Golland has also published articles in California History, Critical Issues in Justice and Politics, The Claremont Journal of Religion, and the American Historical Association’s newsmagazine Perspectives on History. He serves as editor of the Arthur Fletcher Papers at the Mabee Library at Washburn University. This 250,000-page collection of the personal and organizational documents of the father of affirmative action enforcement was digitized in 2014. Dr. Golland is currently working on a book about the re-segregation of popular music as told through the history of the American rock band Journey, tentatively titled Livin' Just to Find Emotion: Journey and Race in Rock Music. He makes more than a dozen public appearances each year, ranging from plenary talks to panel papers; has been an invited guest on talk radio; and has appeared on C-SPAN's American History TV.

David Hamilton Golland is dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, where he is also professor of history. @DHGolland.

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NBN Episodes hosted by David:

Charles Sawyer, "B. B. King: From Indianola to Icon: A Personal Odyssey with the 'King of the Blues'" (Schiffer Publishing, 2022)

October 14, 2022

B. B. King: From Indianola to Icon

Charles Sawyer
Hosted by David Golland

Want to take a trip with the king of the Blues? As B.B. King’s photographer and original biographer, Charlie Sawyer was along for the ride. In B.B. Ki…

Nikita Braguinski, "Mathematical Music: From Antiquity to Music AI" (Focal Press, 2022)

June 9, 2022

Mathematical Music

Nikita Braguinski
Hosted by David Golland

What is mathematical music? In Mathematical Music from Antiquity to AI (Routledge, 2022), musicologist Nikita Braguinski discusses how mathematics has…

Richard Stamz and Patrick A. Roberts, "Give 'em Soul, Richard!: Race, Radio, and Rhythm and Blues in Chicago" (U Illinois Press, 2010)

June 1, 2022

Give 'em Soul, Richard!

Richard Stamz and Patrick A. Roberts
Hosted by David Golland

Give 'em Soul, Richard!: Race, Radio, and Rhythm and Blues in Chicago (U Illinois Press, 2010) is the remarkable story of a remarkable man. Richard St…

Bruce Iglauer and Patrick A. Roberts, "Bitten by the Blues: The Alligator Records Story" (U Chicago Press, 2018)

February 8, 2022

Bitten by the Blues

Bruce Iglauer and Patrick A. Roberts
Hosted by David Golland

It’s time for The Blues! In Bitten by the Blues: The Alligator Records Story (University of Chicago Press, 2018), Alligator Records president and foun…

Nolan Gasser, "Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste" (Flatiron Books, 2019)

November 24, 2021

Why You Like It

Nolan Gasser
Hosted by David Golland

Why do we love the music we love? In Why You Like IT: The Science & Culture of Musical Taste (Flatiron Books, 2019) musicologist Nolan Gasser, archite…

Kevin McGruder, "Philip Payton: The Father of Black Harlem" (Columbia UP, 2021)

August 13, 2021

Philip Payton

Hosted by David Golland

What was Harlem before its Renaissance, and how did it come to be? In Philip Payton: The Father of Black Harlem (Columbia University Press, 2021), his…