Ronald C. Brown is a professor of history and came to Texas State in 1975 He served briefly as institutional archivist (1978-81), director of the Honors Program (1980-1995) and 22 years in administration (1995-2017). He is a founding member, past president and former treasurer of the Mining History Association. He is a member of various professional organizations in history. He coordinated a three-year program in oral history with NASA, a two-year program in Texas Music History and regularly conducts and consults on oral history. He currently teaches American history surveys, the undergraduate course and graduate courses on the American West.
Educational Background :
Ph.D. - University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign
M.A. - University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign
A.B. - Wabash College
Recent Research Topics :
His research interests focus on American history with emphases on the Trans-Mississippi West, mining, labor, and higher education. He is currently conducting research on the Civilian Conservation Corps, mining engineers, the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (formerly the Western Federation of Miners), and the history of Texas State University.
Previous Publications :
His book length publications include Hard-Rock Miners: The Intermountain West; Beacon on the Hill: Southwest Texas State University, 1903-1978; with David Nelson, Up the Hill, Down the Years: A Century in the Life of the College at San Marcos; and Duane Smith, No One Ailing Except a Physician: Medicine in the Mining West; and New Deal Days: The CCC at Mesa Verde
Professional Memberships :
Mining History Association, Oral History Association, Western History Association, Association of American Colleges & Universities.
HIST 5350 The Frontier in American History
Though the title is traditional, this graduate seminar incorporates contemporary views of the American West and includes readings that reflect the dynamic historiography of the West over the past two centuries. Students submit short weekly papers, and make class presentations which include a visual presentation on a topic of interest. The course includes a significant research and writing project, either historiographic or research-focused, and stresses the importance of analysis, research, collaboration, and revision.