Did you know that a world-renowned scholar on Sir Winston Churchill has taught for 38 years at the University of Alaska Anchorage in the Department of Political Science?

Professor James W. Muller has dedicated his career to the study of the former British prime minister, statesman, officer, and writer, publishing dozens of papers, editing books, and traveling the world to lecture on Churchill. “Studying Churchill makes my students set their sights higher,” Muller says, adding that he encourages them to imitate Churchill’s determination and hard work.

Professor Muller’s distinguished career includes fellowships and positions as a visiting Churchill scholar at universities around the world, and he has served for more than 20 years on the Board of Academic Advisers to the International Churchill Society. His latest book is the complete, unabridged, annotated edition of The River War.  For the first time in more than 120 years, the full text of Churchill’s book will be back in print. 

November 30 was Churchill’s birthday. Every year on this day, Professor Muller and the UAA Political Science Dept. host a Chartwell Lecture featuring a well-known Churchill author or scholar. This year, the lecture was given by Piers Brendon, a Fellow of Churchill College at Cambridge University, on Winston Churchill’s love of animals. The lecture was presented virtually on Zoom.  A recording of the lecture will be available at the UAA Department of Political Science Lecture page. For more information, contact Kathleen L. Behnke in the Dean’s Office of the UAA College of Arts and Sciences, klbehnke@alaska.edu.

Professor James Muller