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Stephen Hausmann

Assistant Professor


  • Education
  • PhD, Temple University (2019)    
    MA, University of Vermont (2011)    
    BA, University of Vermont (2009)

  • Expertise
  • Late 19th/20th Century US History, Native American/Indigenous History, Environmental History, History of the American West
  • Research Interests
  • My book manuscript is a history of the 1972 Rapid City Flood and the roots of environmental injustice and urban inequality among Native American communities in the West.
Dr. Stephen Hausmann is an assistant professor of US history and has been at the University of St. Thomas since 2019. He teaches classes on US history since 1865, Native American History, history of the US West, environmental history and the history of medicine. His book manuscript, under contract with the University of Nebraska Press, is an environmental history of South Dakota's Black Hills and the 1972 Rapid City Flood. His manuscript focuses on the ongoing activism for Indigenous land rights and urban inequality in Rapid City, South Dakota. He is active in professional leadership and has served as both assistant director and currently as acting director for the American Society for Environmental History. He is actively engaged in public history work including consulting for public memory events and digital history projects such as podcasting. His writing has been published in the Washington Post, the Rapid City Journal, and the Western Historical Quarterly, among other outlets. When he's not teaching, Dr. Hausmann spends his time rooting for the Boston Red Sox, playing (and critiquing) any and all history-based video games, and exploring the lakes and rivers around the Twin Cities. Beginning in the summer of 2024, Dr. Hausmann will be a Mellon Humanities Fellow with the National Parks Service working at Mount Rushmore National Monument in South Dakota.

National Park Service Mellon Humanities Fellowship, 2024-2025

Center for the American West Applied History Mellon Summer Workshop Fellowship, 2023    

Western History Association Arrell M. Gibson Award for best article in Native American history, 2022    

Library Company of Philadelphia/Historical Society of Pennsylvania Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, 2019    

Newberry Library/American Society for Environmental History Fellowship, 2019    

Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Research Travel Fellowship, 2018    

Linda Hall Library Travel Fellowship, 2017    

2016 Temple University Baron Award for Graduate Student Teaching