Eudora’s Leiker earns JCCC recognition
Eudora resident James Leiker was one of nine Johnson County Community College faculty members named distinguished service faculty at the college.
Leiker has published many scholarly works, including the award-winning Racial Borders: Black Soldiers Along the Rio Grande (2002), The Changing Village: A History of Antonino, Kansas (2005), an edited electronic anthology titled The First and the Forced: Essays on the Native American and African American Experience (2007) with Kim Warren and Barbara Watkins, and a forthcoming The Northern Cheyenne Exodus in History and Memory, co-authored with Ramon Powers. His articles on race and the American West have appeared in Great Plains Quarterly, Journal of the West, Western Historical Quarterly and Kansas History, for which he serves on the editorial advisory board. At JCCC, he directs the Kansas Studies Institute, which promotes research and teaching on the cultures, economies and peoples of Kansas, and chairs the College Scholars committee. He is a member of the Western History Association, Kansas State Historical Association and American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.