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Dr. Bruce Brasington

Bruce Brasington, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Office: Old Main, Room 403C
Email: bbrasington@wtamu.edu
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 Akadmischer 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. On various occasions, he has taught  summer graduate colloquia and seminars at the University of Dresden. These visits have been funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften. These summer offerings have ranged from introductions to medieval Latin paleography and codicology to early scholasticism and canon law.

Research and Creative Activity

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. He is both a Regents' Professor of the Texas A&M University System and a Piper Foundation Professor.

Personal Sketch

When not teaching and doing research, he enjoys, above all, spending time with his wife, Darlene.  He is an avid, if decidedly inexpert fly-fisher, who gave up trying to tie his own flies many years ago. In the past, he co-hosted a classic rock show on the campus radio station, KWTS, with his colleague, Dr. Kuhlman and at some point, would like to do that again.  His musical tastes run from disco to jazz.  Finally, he has an obsessive, often unrequited, love for the teams of his alma mater, Oklahoma State and WTAMU.