UM Professor Wins Prestigious Intellectual History Award

April 27, 2015

MISSOULA – The Organization of American Historians recently presented a University of Montana history professor with their 2015 Merle Curti Award, which recognizes the best books published in American intellectual history and American social history.

Kyle Volk, UM associate history professor and director of undergraduate studies, received the Merle Curti Award in Intellectual History for his book “Moral Minorities and the Making of American Democracy.”

“This imaginatively conceived and intelligently argued book reinvigorates and recasts a key aspect of democratic thought: the protection of minority rights,” the OAH award committee wrote. “But Kyle G. Volk’s ‘moral minorities’ are not a fearful propertied elite or an anxious set of slaveholders. Instead, they are a diverse set of groups that found themselves on the wrong side of the majority rule in the era of evangelical moral reform.”

The award was presented during the annual meeting of the OAH on April 18 in St. Louis. A total of 50 recipients received 2015 OAH awards. For more information on OAH visit

For additional information on “Moral Minorities and the Making of American Democracy,” call Volk at 406-243-2989 or email

Contact: Kyle Volk, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies, UM Department of History, 406-243-2989,