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Dr. Michael Scott Van Wagenen

Associate Professor of History (2012).

B.A., Brigham Young University, 1992; MAIS, University of Texas at Brownsville, 1999; Ph.D., University of Utah, 2009.

Teaching and Research Interests:  Public History, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Historical Applications of Film and New Media, Battlefield Archeology, Folklore.

Upper-Level Courses:

  • Public History

Website:

Contact Information: 

Department of History
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460-8054

Office: 1125 Forest Drive Building
Tel.: (912) 478-5466
Email: mvanwagenen@georgiasouthern.edu
Fax: (912) 478-0377

Selected Publications: 

  • Remembering the Forgotten War: The Enduring Legacies of the U.S.-Mexican War (Amherst:
    University of Massachusetts Press, 2012).
  • Between Pulpit and Pew: The Supernatural World in Mormon History and Folklore (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2011) co-edited with W. Paul Reeve.
  • The Texas Republic and the Mormon Kingdom of God (College Station: Texas A&M University
    Press, 2002).
  • “Between Pulpit and Pew: Where History and Folklore Intersect” (with W. Paul Reeve) in Between Pulpit and Pew: The Supernatural World in Mormon History and Folklore (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2011): 1-16.
  • “Singular Phenomena: The Evolving Mormon Interpretation of Unidentified Flying Objects” in
    Between Pulpit and Pew: The Supernatural World in Mormon History and Folklore (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2011): 97-124.
  • “Lyman Wight and the Texas Option of 1844” in Newell G. Bringhurst and John C. Hamer (eds.), Scattering of the Saints: Schism Within Mormonism (Independence, MO: John Whitmer Books, 2007): 78-91.
  • “U.S.-Mexican War Veterans and the Congressional Pension Fight,” Military History of the West, vol. 40 (2010): 27-51.
  • “Sam Houston and the Utah War,” Utah Historical Quarterly, vol. 76, no. 1 (Winter 2008): 66-78.

Documentary Films:

Professional Activities, Honors, and Awards:

  • American Battlefield Protection Program Grant, National Park Service, 2010-2012.
  • DeGolyer Library Research Grant, Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University, 2007.
  • Research Grant, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 2007.
  • Summer Research Grant, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 2007.

Current Research:

  • At the moment, I am working on projects with the National Park Service and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. I am also completing a manuscript titled “The Ponce Family of the Parral Mining District: Race, Identity, and Migration in the Mexican Frontier.”

Last updated: 8/18/2015

DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY • P.O. Box 8054 Statesboro, Georgia 30460 • (912) 478-4478