This lecture presented by the Carolina Asia Center will be given by Alfred McCoy, a J.R.W. Smail Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
After earning a Ph.D. in southeast Asian history at Yale, McCoy’s writing on this region has focused on two topics – the Philippine political history and opium trafficking in the Golden Triangle. His first book, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia sparked controversy when the CIA tried to block publication. But after three English editions and translation into nine foreign languages, this study is now regarded as the “classic” work on the global drug traffic.
Three of McCoy’s edited volumes on Philippine historiography have won that country’s National Book Award. In 2001, the Association for Asian Studies awarded him the Goodman Prize for a “deep and enduring impact on Philippine historical studies.”
In 2012, the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association awarded McCoy the Wilbur Cross Medal which is presented annually to “a small number of outstanding alumni” to recognize “distinguished achievements in scholarship, teaching, academic administration, and public service.” Simultaneously, the University of Wisconsin-Madison gave him the Hilldale Award for Arts & Humanities for 2012.