Stephen M. Sloan
Specialties:Oral History, Environmental, West
- BBA, Baylor University, 1990
- MA, Baylor University, 1998
- Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2003
I returned to Baylor University in 2007, a place familiar to me through my undergraduate and graduate career here. Although I have specific research interests listed below, the broad range of interview projects of the Institute for Oral History also makes me somewhat of a generalist is post-1945 US History.
Academic Interests and Research:
I am currently finishing my first book, Urbanites and the Desert. This publication studies the ways in which the residents of the Salt River Valley, Arizona, have viewed the land, water, and climate of the region, the forces behind changing perceptions of these systems, and what this says about the character of these communities.
I am also in the process of co-editing an anthology on the use of oral history in disaster or crisis settings.
Selected Research Articles:
"Oral History and Hurricane Katrina: Reflections on Shouts and Silences," The Oral History Review, 35 (Summer-Fall 2008): pp. 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, pp. 375-84.
Courses Taught at Baylor:
- HIS 2366: History of US Since 1877
- HIS 4380: The American West
- HIS 4388: American Environmental History
- HIS 5367: Seminar in Oral History