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Dr. Shaffer joined the WTAMU faculty in 1994 as assistant professor of history after earning his B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Texas at Arlington and his Ph.D. in history from the College of William and Mary. In 2000, he was promoted to associate professor and in July of 2001, became head of the Department of History, Political Science and Criminal Justice (now the Department of History and Geography). In September of 2005, he was promoted to professor of history and in January of 2008, was named associate dean of the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities.
Dr. Shaffer teaches courses in Early American History, including Colonial America, The Age of the American Revolution and United States, 1789-1860. He also teaches both halves of the American history survey class and the occasional graduate seminar in American History before 1900. Dr. Shaffer has been an active partner in the two Teaching American History grants received by the Region XVI Education Service Center in Amarillo.
Dr. Shaffer's research involves 19th century southern newspapers and their role in shaping political affairs in the south and the nation. He is especially interested in The Richmond Enquirer, which was edited for forty-one years by Thomas Ritchie. Dr. Shaffer is currently working on an historiographical essay about Jacksonian politics.
Dr. Shaffer enjoys reading fiction, playing golf and watching baseball. He's pretty sure he's addicted to satellite radio and Dr. Pepper. He sometimes loses sleep pondering whether Wilco or Radiohead is the greatest band in the world.