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James Leiker PhD

Professor, history

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James Leiker, professor of history and chair of the history and political science departments, teaches courses in United States History survey, African American studies, and the American West.  He is the author of numerous books and articles on Western History, among them "Racial Borders: Black Soldiers along the Rio Grande, (Texas A & M Press, 2002) and The Northern Cheyenne Exodus in History and Memory (Oklahoma, 2011), which was named a Kansas Notable Book and won the Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize.  

In 2009, he founded JCCC’s Kansas Studies Institute, a program he directed for five years.  Jim serves on the board of the Kansas Business Hall of Fame and on the editorial boards of the journals Great Plains Quarterly and Kansas History.  Dr. Leiker has been involved in several National Endowment for the Humanities programs, both as consultant and participant, and was a Fulbright-Hays scholar in Egypt and Israel.

Currently, he serves on the national College Board committee that prepares the annual College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam for History and the Social Sciences.  Jim earned his B.S. and M.A. degrees from Fort Hays State University and his PhD from the University of Kansas.