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Stephen Hausmann

Assistant Professor


  • Education
  • PhD, History, Temple University (2019)
    MA, History, University of Vermont (2011)
    BA, English and History, University of Vermont (2009)
  • Expertise
  • 19th/20th Century American History, Environmental History, History of the American West, Native American History
  • 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 earned his MA from the University of Vermont and his PhD from Temple University. Prior to arriving at St. Thomas, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh.

He is a historian of the nineteenth and twentieth century American West and is particularly interested in the intersection of race and the nonhuman environment. His book manuscript is an environmental history of the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming and examines the long-term implications of settler colonialism for Native people living in urban space through the story of the deadly 1972 Rapid City Flood. His research has been funded by the Newberry Library, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Linda Hall Library, and the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

In his free time he watches the Boston Red Sox, hikes, and thinks about how history is presented in video games. He also co-hosts the New Books in the American West channel on the New Books Network of podcasts, and can be followed on Twitter @stephenhausmann.