Stephen Stein

Stephen Stein


126 Mitchell Hall
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PhD, The Ohio State University

Fields of Interest

Military History, History of Technology, Sexuality, US Diplomatic History, Modern US

Courses taught

War in the Ancient World, War in the Modern World, World War II, US Military and Naval History, Technology and Culture in US History, U.S. from 1914 to 1945, various graduate seminars on twentieth century US history, military and diplomatic history, history of technology, and maritime history. 

Representative Publications

From Torpedoes to Aviation: Washington Irving Chambers and Technological Innovation in the New Navy, 1877-1913 (University of Alabama Press, 2007). 

Sadomasochism and the BDSM Community in the United States: Kinky People Unite (Routledge, 2021)

The Sea in World History: Trade, Travel, and Exploration (ABC-CLIO, 2017). 

Voices from the Second World War (Cognella, 2018), with Paul Doerr.

“The Greely Relief Expedition and the New Navy,” International Journal of Naval History 5 (December 2006) [won the Eller Prize]

"The Experimental Era: U.S. Naval Aviation through 1916" in Douglas V. Smith (ed.), One Hundred Years of Navy Air Power (Naval Institute Press, 2010). 

"Interventions in Asia, 1899-1927" in James Bradford (ed.), A Companion to American Military History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). 

"Lessons Learned Building the Online History Program at the University of Memphis," History Teacher 47 (May 2014), 373-386.

Representative Conferences

Society for Military History, AHA


Dr. Stein founded and for many years directed the department's online degree programs. He has since served as Associate Department Chair, Interim Department Chair, and Interim Graduate Program Director. He currently chairs the department's online program committee. 

Current projects

Pentomic Soldiers and Starship Troopers: Imagining the Future of War in Cold War America 

Teaching and Learning History Online: A Guide for College Instructors (in contract with Routledge)

Honors and Awards

Rear Admiral Ernest M. Eller Prize in Naval History, 2006
Tennessee Board of Regents Trailblazer Award, 2001
Clio Award for Distinguished Teaching in History, 1996