Scholar of the Week
Bob Hutton is a lecturer in the History Department, with a PhD from Vanderbilt. He is the author of Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South, published by University of Kentucky Press in 2013. The work examines the history of feuding in one of Kentucky’s most notoriously violent regions, from the Civil War through the Progressive Era, exploring Breathitt County’s brutal history and its significance to the state, the South, and the nation.
The work has received four awards: the 2014 Kentucky History Award from the Kentucky Historical Society; the 2014 Appalachian Writer’s Association Book of the Year Award; the 2013 Weatherford Award for Nonfiction; and the book was a finalist for the Wiley-Silver Book Prize from the Center for Civil War Research. The University of Kentucky Press has declared it the “most decorated” book in that press’s recent history.
Hutton teaches courses in Appalachian, Tennessee, and Southern history, and in the American Studies program.