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Stephen Sloan

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Stephen Sloan

Associate Professor of History
Director of the Institute for Oral History

Office: Carroll Library 312
Phone: (254) 710-6290
Fax: (254) 710-2551

Institute for Oral History
Baylor University
One Bear Place#97271
Waco, TX 76798-7271

Office Hours:(office hours)


  • BBA, Baylor University, 1990
  • MA, Baylor University, 1998
  • Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2003


A native Texan, I studied as both an undergraduate and graduate student at Baylor University. I did my PhD work at Arizona State University in the United States Post-1945, Public History, and the American West. My first academic position was as the co-director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at the University of Southern Mississippi. I returned to Baylor in 2007 as a professor in the Department of History and the Director of the Institute for Oral History. I am active in local history organizations, currently serving as president of the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair and vice president of Historic Waco Foundation. I am also an elder in my church here in Waco, Acts Church. In the community of oral historians, I currently serve as the president of the national Oral History Association. My work has been funded by grants at the local, state, and national level and I have had the opportunity to present my research at many state and national meetings and abroad at conferences in Liverpool, Prague, Guadalajara, Naples, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, and Barcelona.

Academic Interests and Research:

Although I have particular areas of focus (as seen from my research and teaching interests below), my diverse projects as an oral historian allows me to research and write as a generalist in more recent US history.

Selected Research Articles:

Articles and Contributed Chapters:

"Being Heard in the Digital Age: Knowledge, E-Noise, and Oral History," in Voices from the Revolution: Oral History and Digital Humanities, eds. Mary Larson and Doug Boyd (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

"Colliding with History: Texas Liberators of World War II Concentration Camps," Sound Historian: The Journal of the Texas Oral History Association, 16 (Winter 2014).

"On the Other Foot: Oral History Students as Narrators," Oral History Review, 40 (Summer-Fall 2012): 298 311.

"Oral History and Hurricane Katrina: Reflections on Shouts and Silences," The Oral History Review, 35 (Summer-Fall 2008): 176-86

"Irrigation and Early Hydropower Development in the Salt River Valley," The Bureau of Reclamation: Essays from the Centennial Symposium, Denver, Colorado: US Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, 2008, 375-84


Stephen Sloan, Lois E. Myers, and Michelle Holland, Tattooed on My Soul: Texas Veterans Remember World War II (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2014)

Mark Cave and Stephen Sloan, eds. Listening on the Edge: Oral History and Crisis (New York: Oxford Press, 2014)

Courses Taught at Baylor:

  • HIS 2366: History of US Since 1877
  • HIS 3300: Methods in Oral and Public History
  • HIS 3301: Internship in History
  • HIS 4379: The Cold War
  • HIS 4380: The American West
  • HIS 4388: American Environmental History
  • HIS 5367: Seminar in Oral History

Baylor Institute for Oral History website