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.
Department of History
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460-8054
Office: 1125 Forest Drive Building
Tel.: (912) 478-5466
Fax: (912) 478-0377
- 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
- “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.
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.
- 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