Stephen Sloan

Associate Professor of History & Director of the Institute for Oral History
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Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00-11:00am.

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  • 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, a past president of Historic Waco Foundation and the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair. One key local initiative that I created and develop is Waco History, a website and free mobile app on local history. I am also an elder in my church here in Waco, Acts Church. In the community of oral historians, I am a past 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 recent US history.

Stephen M. Sloan, Lois E. Myers, and Michelle Holland, eds. Tattooed on My Soul: Texas Veterans Remember World War II (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2015) Mark Cave and Stephen M. Sloan, eds. Listening on the Edge: Oral History and Crisis (New York: Oxford Press, 2014)— Winner of the 2015 Oral History Association Book Award.
Articles and Contributed Chapters
"Swimming in the Exaflood: Oral History as Information in the Digital Age," in Voices from the Revolution: Oral History and Digital Humanities, eds. Mary Larson and Doug Boyd (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 175 -- 188. "Colliding with History: Texas Liberators of World War II Concentration Camps," Sound Historian: The Journal of the Texas Oral History Association, 15 (2013): 81 – 107. "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 -- 186. "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 -- 384.
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 4340: The United States and the War in Vietnam
  • HIS 4379: The Cold War
  • HIS 4380: The American West
  • HIS 4388: American Environmental History
  • HIS 4392: US Foreign Relations Since 1919
  • HIS 5367: Seminar in Oral History
Baylor Institute for Oral History website