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Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award 2010-2011
J. Michael Francis

J. Michael Francis

Dr. J. Michael Francis received his PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. He has taught at the University of North Florida since 1997, where he is Professor and Chair of the Department of History. Dr. Francis has published numerous articles on the history of early-colonial New Granada (modern day Colombia). His book, Invading Colombia, was published in 2008 by Penn State University Press.

Dr. Francis’ most recent book, entitled Murder and Martyrdom in Spanish Florida: Don Juan and the Guale Uprising of 1597, has just been published by the American Museum of Natural History. His next book project, The Martyrs of Florida, is under contract with the University Press of Florida.

Dr. Francis’s numerous awards and honors include the Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society and the Alfred J. Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association. In 2007, Dr. Francis received a four-year appointment as Research Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In 2010-2011, Dr. Francis was named the Jay I. Kislak Fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

Earlier this year, the US Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, appointed Dr. Francis to the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission.