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
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
David Hamilton Golland is professor of history and immediate past president of the faculty senate at Governors State University in Chicago's southland. @DHGolland.