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Stacy A. Cordery

Academic Biography:
History is a narrative that can be told in countless ways. The most interesting history, to me, revolves around the lives of individuals and the ways in which those lives intersect with larger societal and cultural events. History so defined became my passion when I was an undergraduate and an influential professor, Dr. Lewis L. Gould, opened my eyes to the fascinations of the documentary trail we all leave behind us. My research in political history, in women's history, in contemporary U.S. social life helps infuse my teaching. The documents I uncover to use in my books I often bring to the classroom to illustrate an idea. Student response frequently triggers new interpretations as together we look for patterns of meaning. My professional life is joyful balance of teaching, and research and writing. Nothing is more interesting than the past--except the present!

Research Interests:
My most recent book was a biography entitled _Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts_. It was published by Viking in 2012, in time for the Girl Scouts centennial. To learn more please check out my website:

Selected Research and/or Creative Work:
My past research has been on the Roosevelt family. I am the author of _Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker_ (Viking, 2007), _Historic Photos of Theodore Roosevelt_ (Turner, 2007), and Theodore Roosevelt: In the Vanguard of the Modern_ (Wadsworth, 2003).

Courses Taught:
HIST 112 U.S. Survey 1901-Present
HIST 260 Historian's Craft
HIST 370 U.S. Women's History
HIST 190, 290, 390 Archives courses
HIST 316 World War II
HIST 330 Biography and History
HIST 340 The Vietnam Era
HIST 105 History and Film
WOST 401 Women's Studies Capstone
INTG 101 Introduction to Liberal Arts

Ph.D. in History University of Texas 1992
M.A. in History University of Texas 1986
B.A. in Theater University of Texas 1983

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 6 Wallace Hall