History at McMurry is taught by a faculty who bring a high level of professionalism and personal commitment to the enterprise of being historians.

Dr. Stephen L. Hardin
Professor of History
Phone: (325) 793-3865
Office: Old Main 304D
Email: hardin.stephen@mcm.edu

Ph.D., Texas Christian University
M.A., Southwest Texas State University
B.A., Southwest Texas State University

Dr. Stephen L. Hardin is a specialist in Texas, military, and social history. His numerous publications range from the award-winning Texian Illiad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution to, most recently, Texian Macabre: The Melancholy Tale of a Hanging in Early Houston, a fascinating study of early Houston society. In addition to his writing and teaching activities, Hardin has also provided specialist commentary on the A&E Network, the History Channel, the Discovery Network, and NBC’s TODAY show.
Elected Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association, 2009.

The department is equally well-served by its adjuncts.  Dr. Gary W. Shanafelt recently retired after over thirty years of service, but continues to teach courses on a part-time basis.  His specialty is Central Europe, particularly the modern history of Germany and the Habsburg Monarchy.  Rev. Bill Libby has taught in both the history and religion departments, as well as helping to lead an ongoing archæological excavation in Jordan.