Larry Gragg

Larry Gragg is Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at Missouri University of Science and Technology.He has a B.S. and an M.A. in history from Missouri State University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Missouri-Columbia.He began teaching at the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1977, and served as chair of the history and political science department for 17 years, one year as vice-provost for undergraduate studies, and was the founding chair of the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence.He won more than 20 teaching awards including the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the University of Missouri President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching.He also received the University of Missouri Board of Curators’ Award for Scholarly Excellence and the University of Missouri Thomas Jefferson Award.He is the author of ten books including Englishmen Transplanted:The English Colonization of Barbados, 1627-1660, (2003), The Quaker Community on Barbados: Challenging the Culture of the Planter Class (2009), “Bright Light City”:Las Vegas in Popular Culture (2013), Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel:The Gangster, the Flamingo, and The Making of Modern Las Vegas (2015), Becoming America’s Playground:Las Vegas in the 1950s (2019), and Forged in Gold:Missouri S&T’s First 150 Years (2020).