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Dr. Samuel Watson

US Army

Contact Information:
Office Location: TH 124
Phone: 845.938.3226
Professor Watson taught at Houston Community College, Texas Southern University, and the University of St. Thomas in Houston between 1993 and 1999.  He began his service at West Point in 1999 as an Assistant Professor in the Military History Division, moved to the American History Division in 2002, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005, and to full Professor in 2013.  Professor Watson chairs the USMA Library Committee and serves on the USMA Academic Freedom Advisory Committee, and has led or participated in more than twenty cadet and new instructor training staff rides at West Point.  In 2014 his books Jackson's Sword and Peacekeepers and Conquerors together won the Society for Military History’s Distinguished Book Award. 
Professor Watson is an editor for The West Point History of the Civil War and The West Point History of the American Revolutionary War and a volume editor for The West Point History of Warfare.
Professor Watson directs theses (HI 498-499) on the United States since 1877, and will teach Cold War America (HI 397) in fall 2016 and 2018, Warfare in the Age of Industrialization (1815-1918) in spring 2017, and The Making of Modern America (1877-1947) (HI 396) in fall 2017 and 2019.