Since coming to the University of Arkansas in 2005 Robert C. (Bob) McMath has worked to
strengthen the Honors College and promote a close relationship with
honors programs in the schools and colleges. He is working with faculty
members across the campus to launch new honors initiatives, including
the creation of new cross-disciplinary courses and research experiences.
In the history department he teaches honors colloquia and the U.S.
history course and directs graduate and undergraduate research. In
2008-2009 he served as interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
Bob McMath is a 1967 graduate of the University of North Texas and received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972. Between 1972 and 2005 he taught history and held a series of administrative posts at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As the initial associate dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts he oversaw the creation of Georgia Tech’s first undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences. As vice provost McMath oversaw student academic services and coordinated campus-wide initiatives to improve the teaching and learning environment for undergraduates, including the design and partial funding of a $60 million undergraduate learning center. In 1996 he was a Fulbright lecturer in Italy and lectured widely at leading universities in Italy, France, and Great Britain. While at Georgia Tech he received the Governor’s Award in the Humanities and Georgia Tech’s highest teaching awards. In 2004 he was named an honorary alumnus.
In the historical profession McMath is most widely known for his work on American and comparative populist movements. His book, American Populism (1992) is a standard work in the field. He is the author of co-author of seven books and numerous articles. He consulted and provided on-air commentary for a series on America in the Progressive Era produced by Bill Moyers for PBS. His current research interests include the comparative histories of political movements in the United States and Europe.