FARGO, N.D. – A North Dakota State University professor has been honored with the Joseph S. Height Literary Award.

The award, presented by the Germans and Russia Heritage Society, was given to Tom Isern, a history professor at NDSU.

According to the university, the award is for the best essay dealing with the history and culture of the Germans from Russia. The award-winning essay is "Heroes of German-Russian Country: Making the Most of Our Narrative Heritage," which was published in the October 2019 issue of Heritage Review, the journal of the society.

The annual award is named for a distinguished scholar of German-Russian studies, Joseph S. Height, who wrote several landmark works on the German settlements in Russia.

“It was a pleasure to receive the personal note of congratulations from Margaret Height, daughter of Dr. Height, on behalf of the awards committee,” Isern said in a statement. “It makes me feel good to see scholarly work like this appreciated by the people who are stakeholders in the subject.

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“I owe a lot of thanks to the German-Russian people of North Dakota, especially those of Emmons, Logan and McIntosh Counties, for telling me their stories, and also to Humanities North Dakota for supporting my work in German-Russian country.”