UT Tyler


Matthew M. Stith

Matthew Stith

Title: Associate Professor
Department: History
Building: CAS Office 127
Email: mstith@uttyler.edu
Phone: 903.566.7371


  • B.A., Missouri Southern State University
  • M.A., University of Arkansas
  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas


My teaching interests include a wide-range of themes and periods in American history with some focus on environmental and military history in the nineteenth century. In addition to teaching chronological courses on Antebellum America and the Civil War era, I also teach thematic classes regarding environmental, borderlands, military, and southern history. I am faculty advisor for the History Club (Webb Historical Society), and I currently serve as editor for the Chronicles of Smith County, Texas.

I have two principal research and writing interests: the Civil War and bears. With the Civil War, I explore the nexus between environmental, social, and military history, especially how those factors shaped the conflict west of the Mississippi River. With regard to bruins (black and grizzly), I am chiefly interested in their place within the evolving nature of nineteenth-century American frontier culture and identity.

When not teaching or writing about the natural environment, I try my best to get out into it—mostly by way of wandering around in the woods and fly fishing.


Classes Taught:

HIST 1301: U.S. History I

HIST 1302: U.S. History II

HIST 3300: Historical Methods and Research

HIST 4322: The American South

HIST 4330: American Military History

HIST 4350: American Environmental History

HIST 4397: The Vietnam War (Special Topics)

HIST 4377/5377: American Borderlands

HIST 4379/5379: The Age of Jackson (Antebellum America)

HIST 4386/5386: Civil War and Reconstruction

Curriculum Vitae
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