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Ken Stevens


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American Presidency, Constitutional History and Jacksonian Era
Reed 327
(817) 257-6291


In addition to the U.S. history survey, I teach courses in U.S. Constitutional History, the American Presidency, and the Age of Jackson,. I’ve published five books, including the award-winning Texas Legation Papers, Border Diplomacy (a study of 19th century Anglo-American-Canadian relations), two volumes of the Diplomatic Papers of Daniel Webster, and an annotated bibliography of President William Henry Harrison.

I spent the biggest part of my growing up years in Alaska, where I raced sled dogs, experienced the great earthquake of 1964, slung fish in a salmon cannery, and worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in the Aleutians. After a couple of years at the University of Alaska, my wife and I transferred to Indiana University where we finished our BA degrees.


After graduating from college I served four years in the Navy, spending time after boot camp in Pensacola, Florida, Washington, D.C., Morocco, and some time on a destroyer in the Mediterranean. After the Navy I returned to Indiana University, where I specialized in U.S. history and worked as an editorial assistant at the American Historical Review. In 1978 I accepted a position with the Papers of Daniel Webster at Dartmouth College, a position that lasted until our move to Fort Worth in 1983. My son James and his children (Morgan, Carmen, and Owen) live in Gresham, Oregon and my daughter Sally and her husband Josh live in San Antonio with daughters Aurelia and Lily.