Department of History

Give to the History DepartmentThe History Department, a community of scholars and teachers, serves a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body by offering a wide variety of courses, seminars, and independent studies and by pursuing and publishing historical research.


News and Events

  • Troy Davis attended the American Conference for Irish Studies in Dublin in June 2014 and presented a paper entitled "Professor Timothy A. Smiddy's Tenure as Irish Free State Minister to the United States: Administrative, Commercial, and Economic Initiatives."

  • Some of our current, and one recently graduated, undergraduates presenting at the Southwest Social Science Association Conference in San Antonio on April 17, under the guidance of Dr. Paul J. P. Sandul, who also chaired the session. The students presented on suburban representations of youth, minorities, and women in film since the 1940s.

Left to right: Cora Scott, Joshua Carter, Luisa Farmer, Robert Williams, Rylee Russell, and Kailey Peck

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  • The Lady Dorothy Allen Chimney Black History Bowl occurred on Friday, February, 28, 2014 in Shreveport, LA at the Top Ladies of Distinction (TLOD) Area I conference. TLOD is a national professional humanitarian organization organized in Tyler, Texas in 1964. The conference had over 300 junior high and high school top students from East Texas and Western Louisiana. Drs. Perky Beisel and M. Scott Sosebee of the History Department at Stephen F. Austin State University were invited to speak to the assembled teens about college preparedness and SFASU. IT was the only university represented at the conference. Afterwards Beisel and Sosebee judged 100 students who competed in three rounds of the Jeopardy style contest. Each winning student was presented with SFASU memorabilia and a copy of 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History provided by the History Dept.

Left to right: Lady Sandra L. Jeffery (organizer), Teen Carmine Smith Jr., Teen Kiara Myers, Teen Paige Coleman, Lady Dorothy Allen Chimney (contest founder), Teen Ryan Ragston, Teen Stevilyn Rugley-Gray, and Judges Dr. Perky Beisel and Dr. M. Scott Sosebee

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  • Dr. Dana Cooper recently presented at the International Conference of Labour and Social History held in Linz, Austria, 12-15 September 2013. Her paper, “Unintended Imperial Consequences,” examined the migration of Irish and Filipina women to the United States as the result of imperial conquests. The symposium played host to scholars from around the globe—Australia to Brazil, Sweden to South Africa—during the 49th annual conference.

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  • Department faculty and student event held September 12th where the faculty introduced themselves to History majors and talked about plans of study, research opportunities and student organizations.

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Student Achievements

  • Congratulations to two of our graduate students, Pamela Temple and Jake McAdams. Pamela received the Dean's Award for Best Graduate Research Paper at the College of Liberal & Applied Arts' Graduate Research Conference. Her paper, part of the research for her thesis, was titled, “Deconstruction of a Company Town: An Oral History Project.” Jake McAdams has won the Marilyn Odom Graduate Student Award for 2013-14. The award is presented every year by the Alumni Association to the university's outstanding graduate student. Jake graduated in December 2013 and now works for Public Management, Inc., a company based in Cleveland, TX.


  • Two graduate students from the Department of History, Meg Geddie and Whitney Rains, recently presented papers at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference allowed a unique opportunity to look at the real impact that popular culture has on society. The Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association encourages a constant flow of ideas and free thinking, as students and professional scholars expand the boundaries of their individual disciplines.






Department Chair
Mark Barringer

Contact numbers:
Telephone: 936.468.3802
Fax: 936.468.2478

Office Location:
Suite 303, Vera Dugas Liberal Arts North

Mailing Address:
Department of History
Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13013, SFA Station
Nacogdoches TX 75962
404 Aikman Dr. East LAN Suite #303

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