Dr. William Taylor, an assistant professor of security studies at Angelo State University, has been awarded a 2015 Harry S. Truman Library Research Grant by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs.
The grant will fund round-trip travel to the Truman Library in Independence, Mo., as well as food, lodging and a rental car for a two-week research period and reimbursement of additional expenses. Taylor tentatively plans to conduct his research in May, and the grant will also provide for personal administrative assistance from the senior library archivist.

Grant recipients are determined by the Truman Library Institute’s Committee on Research, Scholarship and Academic Relations with preference given to projects that apply to enduring public and foreign policy issues and have a high probability of being published.

Taylor will be conducting research for his upcoming book titled “In the Service of Democracy: American Military Manpower from World War II to the Present,” which will be published by the University Press of Kansas upon completion. This is the second time that Taylor has been awarded a Truman Library grant, previously winning one in 2013. He has now won a total of six national research grants, including awards from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation (2014), the Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation (2014) and the Society for Military History (2010), as well as a George C. Marshall/Baruch Fellowship (2012).

A former U.S. Marine, Taylor joined the ASU Center for Security Studies faculty in 2011.  He maintains research interests in security studies, civil-military relations, grand strategy, defense policy, military manpower and military history. He has also contributed to nine other books and has published more than 40 reference articles and book reviews. His work has appeared in Journal of American History, Joint Force Quarterly, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Maryland Historical Magazine, Michigan War Studies Review, Journal of America’s Military Past, U.S. Military History Review and H-Net Reviews, among others.

In addition to his academic credentials, Taylor served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than six years, holding posts in III Marine Expeditionary Force, Expeditionary Force Development Center and Marine Corps Combat Development Command. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a doctorate in history from George Washington University.