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Steve Bogener Bio
Steve Bogener

Stephen Dean Bogener, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Old Main, Room 405C
Email: sbogener@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2470

Professional Profile

Dr. Bogener joined the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities in fall, 2008. He received a B.A. in political science from Texas A&I University in 1982, a M.A. in history from Sul Ross State University in 1987 and a Ph.D. in history from Texas Tech University in 1997.

Teaching and Related Service

With a strong background in teaching over several years at the secondary, community college and four-year university levels, Bogener has worked with non-traditional students and small classes as well as with 250-student “monster” classes with students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. 

Bogener’s published research focuses on water, irrigation, and violence in the American Southwest borderlands.  For several years, he worked in an environment totally imbued with a sense of history.
As archivist and coordinator of Outreach for the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University, Bogener was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with rare documents, oral histories, photographs and a wealth of other unique historical materials. With a keen sense of history from the ground up, Bogener stresses to students the makings of history and experience beyond the textbook.

Research and Creative Activity

The author of several articles and two books, Ditches Across the Desert (2003) and Lubbock: Gem of the South Plains (2003), Bogener’s current research interests deal with cultural and environmental issues of West Texas and the Llano Estacado.  His most recent article is “Land, Manipulation and Speculation in New Mexico’s Pecos Valley,” (Great Plains Quarterly, summer, 2008).

Personal Sketch

An inveterate traveler of the American West, Bogener, who lives along Palo Duro Canyon, enjoys hiking, photography, disc golf, motorcycling and working outdoors. Most recently a professor of history at Bemidji State University in the North Woods of Minnesota where he taught courses on the environment, American West, and Public History, Bogener has returned to the wide open spaces of West Texas where he looks forward to working with students and faculty.