Brooks Walker Wins Barlow Book Prize

The Department of History and Political Science at Huntington University is pleased to announce that Brooks Walker is the winner of the 2019 Jack P. Barlow, Sr., History Book Prize. Walker is from Columbia City, Indiana, and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science with minors in history and Christian ministries. He intends to graduate in May 2021 and pursue a career in nonprofit management.

The Barlow Prize is given to an outstanding student in the department’s advanced research seminar. Dr. Jeffrey Webb, professor of history at Huntington University, recognized Walker.

“Brooks turned in an exemplary performance in the seminar,” said Webb. “He demonstrated the key qualities that make for success in both the classroom and in life: open-mindedness, critical engagement and resilience. His academic leadership at HU is admired by faculty and peers alike.”

Webb’s Seminar in Contemporary U.S. Politics focused on different aspects of the American political process; Walker’s research project studied the issue of voter fraud and voter suppression in contemporary election cycles.

The Jack P. Barlow, Sr., Book Prize honors the memory of Professor Barlow, who served for over three decades as professor of American History at Huntington University, and carries a cash award sponsored by the Ron Frank Fund, which rewards academic achievement and student participation at professional academic conferences. The fund was established in 1973 in honor of Ron Frank, who passed away unexpectedly in the spring semester of his senior year at Huntington University.