West Virginia University faculty member Tyler Boulware has been awarded three prestigious grants-in-aid to support his research,Deconstructing the Cherokee Nation.

Boulware is an assistant professor in the Department of History in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

The grants include a $7,500 Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellowship from the Huntington Library, a $1,000 Price Visiting Research Fellowship from the William L. Clements Library of the University of Michigan and a $1,500 Archie K. Davis Fellowship from the North Carolina Society.

These grants will enable Dr. Boulware to proceed much more quickly toward the publication of his important book on the Cherokee nation during the colonial and revolutionary periods of United States history,said Robert Blobaum, chair of the Department of History.The grants are quite an achievement for a faculty member in only his first year at WVU .

Boulwares teaching and research in early American history deals with Native Americans and the colonial frontier. His current research focuses on the Cherokees of the southern Appalachian Mountains. He is particularly interested in identity formation, border conflict and nation-building among 18th century Cherokees.

Boulware earned his doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

For more information, contact Blobaum at 304-293-2421, ext. 5241 or Robert.Blobaum@mail.wvu.edu .