Associate Professor of History & Director of the Institute for Oral History
Spring 2023 Office Hours
Wednesdays 9:00 - 11:00 am
Areas of Specialization
Post-1941 United States History
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2003
MA, Baylor University, 1998
BBA, Baylor University, 1990
Regular Course Offerings
HIS 1300: U.S. in Global Perspective
HIS4391: The Vietnam War
HIS4379: The Cold War
HIS4388: American Environmental History
HIS 5367: Seminar in Oral History
Other Courses Taught
HIS3300: Methods in Oral and Public History
HIS4380: The American West
HIS4392: US Foreign Relations Since 1919
HIS5393: Graduate Seminar on the Cold War
Work with Students
Accepting grad students, direct undergraduate research
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. A spinoff project of this is my podcast, the Waco History Podcast. In the community of oral historians, I am the Executive Director 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, Barcelona, and Jyväskylä, Finland.
Academic Interests and Research Narrative
Post-1941 United States History
Why I Chose Baylor
A native Texan, I studied as a first-gen undergraduate and graduate student at Baylor University. This is a place that has long been my academic community.
Stephen M. Sloan. Oral History for Public Historians. New York: Routledge Press, 2024 (under contract).
Stephen M. Sloan, Steven K. Sielaff, Michelle L. Holland, and Adrienne A. Cain. Oral History at a Distance. Routledge Press, 2023.
Stephen M. Sloan and Mark Cave, eds. Oral History and the Environment: Global Perspectives on Climate, Connection, and Catastrophe. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022.
Julie K. deGraffenried and Stephen M. Sloan, eds. The United States in Global Perspective: A Primary Source Reader. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2020.
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
Stephen M. Sloan, “Oral History and World War II: From the Front Line to the Lone Star State,” in Texas and Texans in World War II: 1941-1945, edited by Christopher B. Bean (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2022): 229-53.
Patterson, Clinton A., Beach, Don M., Reyes, Juanita M., and Sloan, Stephen M., “Stakeholder Perceptions and Experiences of a College Live Mascot Program: A Study of Higher Education Ad Hoc Change,” Innovative Higher Education 46 (2021): 377–92.
Stephen M. Sloan, “Behind the ‘Curve’: COVID-19, Infodemic, and Oral History,” Oral History Review, 47 (Summer-Fall 2020): 193-202.
Stephen Sloan, “Confronting Horror: Concentration Camp Liberators from Texas Speak,” Texas Heritage Magazine 1 (2020): 16-21.
Stephen M. Sloan, "Swimming in the Exaflood: Oral History as Information in the Digital Age," in Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access, and Engagement, eds. Douglas A. Boyd and Mary A Larson (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014): 175-186.
Stephen M. Sloan, "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.
Stephen M. Sloan, "On the Other Foot: Oral History Students as Narrators," Oral History Review, 40 (Summer-Fall 2012): 298 –311.
Governor's Award for Historic Preservation (for Institute for Oral History), Texas Historical Commission, February 2022
Outreach Award, Texas Digital Library, May 2022
Award for Waco History App and Waco History Podcast
Solid Gold Neighbor Award, Department of External Affairs, Baylor University, May 2022
Award for Waco History App and Waco History Walks
Award of Merit, Texas Historical Commission 2020 (with Steven K. Sielaff and Michelle L. Holland)
An award of distinction for work with Texas World War II concentration camp liberators and survivors of genocide.
Elizabeth B. Mason Oral History Project Award, Oral History Association, October 2018
Award for “Survivors of Genocide Oral History Project”
Big 12 Fellowship, West Virginia University, November 2015
Book Award, Oral History Association, October 2015 (with Mark Cave)
Award for Listening on the Edge: Oral History in the Aftermath of Crisis
Award of Merit, American Association for State and Local
History, August 2011 (with Lois E. Myers and Elinor A.
An award of distinction for the project Here and There: Recollections of Texas in World War II, a joint initiative with the Texas Historical Commission.
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