Dr. Bruce Brasington

Bruce Brasington, Ph.D.

Twanna Caddell Powell Professor of History

Office: Old Main 403C
Phone: 806-651-2426

Professional Profile

Dr. Brasington is from Stillwater, Okla. and received his B.A. in history with a minor in German from Oklahoma State University. While in college, he also attended a Goethe Institute in Germany where he received a Certificate of German as a Foreign Language. He received his M.A. at Southern Methodist University, writing a thesis on hagiography and historiography at Rheims from the ninth to the eleventh centuries. He then received a second M.A. and, subsequently, a Ph.D. at UCLA, the latter supported by a two-year stipend from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst enabling him to conduct research as a guest of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica in Munich. His dissertation was on ecclesiastical jurisprudence in the late 11th century.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Brasington served as a teaching assistant for three years at UCLA and received one of ten university-wide teaching awards in 1985. In 1989, he was chosen, along with five other graduate students across multiple colleges, to teach in an interdisciplinary program funded by the Ford Foundation. Since 1990, he has been at WTAMU, where he has taught a variety of courses from introductory American history to graduate seminars in medieval and early-modern history. He has also offered Latin tutorials for a number of years.From 1995-2013, he periodically taught summer graduate colloquia and seminars at the Forschungsstelle der vergleichenden Ordensgeschichte at the University of Dresden. These summer offerings ranged from introductions to medieval Latin paleography and codicology to early scholasticism and canon law.

Research and Creative Activity 

In addition to speaking at numerous regional, national, and international conferences, Dr. Brasington has published two books, co-authored another, and co-edited a volume of essays. He has published over 50 scholarly articles and book chapters in fields ranging from early medieval canon law to medievalism in the United States. He has also served two times as the president of the Texas Medieval Association. In addition to the Powell Professorship, he is also a Regents' Professor of the Texas A&M University System and a Piper Foundation Professor.