University of Missouri


John Bullion

Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin
area: American colonial history
office: 115 Read Hall
phone: 573-882-6064

B.A. Stanford University, 1966;
Harvard Law School (no degree);
M.A, and Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin, 1968 and 1977

Professor John L. Bullion teaches the history of the era of the American Revolution.  For the last five years, he has also taught courses on the foreign policy of the United States from its colonial origins to the end of the Cold War.

His research specialty when he came to Missouri was eighteenth century British politics and policy relating to British North America.  That continues to be a research emphasis of his.  Recently some of his works in that area have been published: “Toward a Popular Family and a Patriot Monarchy: The Public and Private Wedding Vows of Frederick and Augusta, 1736,” in Catherine Tite, ed., Patronage, Visual Culture, and Courtly Life in 18th-century Germany and England (Cambria Press, 2013); and a collection of twenty-one previously published and new essays by him titled George III, National Reform, and North America (Edwin Mellen Press, 2013). Presently he is at work on a book-length study tentatively titled America’s Last King: George III and the American Revolution .  He expects the work should be finished by early 2015.

For the last fifteen years, Professor Bullion has also researched and written extensively on Lyndon B. Johnson.  He wrote a well-received memoir of his family’s involvement with Johnson titled In the Boat with LBJ (Republic of Texas Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2001).  He has done numerous public readings and lectures from the book, and was a featured author in the Barnes & Noble Workshops by Texas Writers in 2002.  Bullion is also the author of Lyndon B. Johnson and the Transformation of American Politics (Pearson/Longman, 2007).  This book is part of the distinguished Pearson/Longman series Library of American Biography.  In 2008 it was chosen as the centerpiece reading assignment for all freshmen at Texas State University—San Marcos, LBJ’s alma mater.  That year Bullion was also invited to give the James Taylor Lecture at Texas State.  The subject of the lecture was Lyndon Johnson’s ideas about patriotism.  Currently Professor Bullion is awaiting editorial revisions on his latest work on LBJ, “Constitutional Issues of the Johnson Administration’s Civil Rights Legislation.”

From 2002 until mid-summer 2005 Professor Bullion and Nancy Taube wrote a bi-weekly column on mainline Christianity in modern America for the Columbia Daily Tribune.  They are contemplating a return to this subject.  If they do, the genre they will work in is the book, not the column, which proved to be too demanding to sustain.   

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John Bullion
Professor Bullion

book jacket
In the Boat with LBJ

Lyndon B. Johnson and the Transformation of American Politics
Lyndon B. Johnson and
the Transformation of American Politics

George III, National Reform, and North America
George III, National Reform,
and North America

Dr. Bullion's Columbia Daily Tribune columns:
Sunday Morning