William Belko

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Program in Early American Studies
Phone: (850) 473-7290
E-mail: wbelko@uwf.edu
Office: Bldg. 50, Room 138

Courses Taught

Jacksonian America (1815-1850), Southern Frontier (1660-1860), U.S. Constitutional and Legal History (to 1877), Early Republic (1781-1815), Era of Good Feelings (1815-1828), U. S.-Seminole Relations (1763-1858), Federalists vs. Antifederalists, Historic and Heritage Preservation.


Jacksonian Era, Early Republic, Southern Frontier, Antebellum Political Economy, U.S. Constitutional and Legal History


Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 2001; M.A., Southwest Missouri State University, 1996; B.A., Drury College, 1990.

Awards and Honors

  • 2013 Phi Alpha Theta Best Subsequent Book Award for The Triumph of the Antebellum Free Trade Movement
  • Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award, University of West Florida, 2010-2011
  • Winner of the 2003-2004 Missouri Historical Review Best Article Award
  • Winner of the 47th Annual Missouri Conference on History Best Article Award
  • Awarded in 2004 and presented by the Secretary of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management’s prestigious Director’s 4Cs Award, for Consultation, Cooperation, and Communication, all in the service of Conservation.

Notable Articles/Publications

Philip Pendleton Barbour, 1783-1841: An Old Republican in King Andrew's Court. Forthcoming, University of Alabama Press.

The Triumph of the Antebellum Free Trade Movement (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012).

Editor.  America’s Hundred Years’ War:  U. S. Expansion to the Gulf Coast and the Fate of the Seminole, 1763-1858 (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011).

The Invincible Duff Green: Whig of the West (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2006).

“The Origins of the Monroe Doctrine Revisited: The Madison Administration, the West Florida Revolt, and the No Transfer Policy.” Florida Historical Quarterly 90, no. 2 (Fall 2011): 157-92.

“John C. Calhoun and the Creation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs: An Essay on Political Rivalry, Ideology, and Policymaking in the Early Republic.” South Carolina Historical Magazine 105, no. 3 (July 2004): 56-83.

“A Founding Missourian: Duff Green and Missouri’s Formative Years, 1816-1825. Part I.” Missouri Historical Review 98, no. 2 (January 2004): 93-114.

“A Founding Missourian: Duff Green and Missouri's Formative Years, 1816-1825. Part II.” Missouri Historical Review 98, no. 3 (April 2004): 177-200.