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Dr. Michael Scott Van Wagenen

Associate Professor of History (2012).

B.A., Brigham Young University, 1992; MAIS, University of Texas at Brownsville, 1999; Ph.D., University of Utah, 2009.

Teaching and Research Interests:  Public History, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Historical Applications of Film and New Media, Battlefield Archeology, Folklore.

Upper-Level Courses:

  • HIST 3231 Introduction to Public History
  • HIST 4790 Internship in History
  • HIST 5210G Advanced Topics in Public History (Family History & Visual History)
  • HIST 7651 Graduate Seminar in Public History
  • HIST 7781Public History Internship
  • HIST 7990 Non-Thesis Project in Public History


Contact Information: 

Department of History
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460-8054

Office: #3012, Interdisciplinary Academic Building
Tel.: 912-478-5466
Fax: 912-478-0377

Selected Publications: 

Documentary Films:

Professional Activities, Honors, and Awards:

  • National Council on Public History Book Award (Honorable Mention), Remembering the Forgotten War: The Enduring Legacies of the U.S.-Mexican War, 2013
  • American Battlefield Protection Program Grant, National Park Service, 2010-2012.
  • DeGolyer Library Research Grant, Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University, 2007.
  • Research Grant, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 2007.
  • Summer Research Grant, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 2007.

Current Research:

  • I am writing a book manuscript about historical documentary filmmaking based on my decade as a professional filmmaker. My related work includes serving as the director of the Ogeechee International History Film Festival, the only international history film festival in the United States. I am also the co-director of the Visual History Summer Institute which trains academic and public historians to produce films supporting their research. Beyond film, I am also interested in family history and am completing a book manuscript titled “The Ponce Family of the Parral Mining District: Race, Identity, and Migration in the Mexican Frontier.”

Last updated: 12/14/2023