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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 a volume editor for The West Point History of Warfare.  He has served the Society for Military History as its northeastern regional coordinator and on its Moncado Article Prize Committee, and is currently chair of its Coffman First Manuscript Prize Committee.   He has served as a reviewer for federal National Historical Public Records Commission grant applications for the Papers of the War Department (George Mason University) and the Papers of Ulysses Grant  (Mississippi  State University).  He has served as a book manuscript referee for Oxford University Press, the University Press of Kansas, the University Press of Nebraska, Louisiana State University Press, Texas A&M University Press, the University Press of Florida, the University of Alabama Press, New York University Press, Northern Illinois University Press, the Naval Institute Press, Routledge, and Wiley-Blackwell.  He has also served as an article manuscript referee for the Journal of Southern History, the Journal of the Early Republic, the William and Mary Quarterly, the Journal of Military History, War in History, Civil War History, the Journal of Policy History, the Journal of Religious History, the Florida Historical Quarterly, the Hudson River Valley Review, the Canadian Review of American Studies, and The Historian.  He has written nearly eighty book reviews in scholarly journals, and has presented more than forty papers at academic conferences, as well as more than twenty talks to the public.
Professor Watson directs theses (HI 498-499) on the United States since 1877, and will teach American Frontiers (HI 369) in spring 2015, The Making of Modern America (1877-1947) in fall 2015, The Nineteenth-Century World (HI 462, the History of Innovation) in spring 2016, and American Society and Culture (HI 398) in fall 2016.