Ty Cashion, Ph.D.


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Ph.D., History, Texas Christian University, 1993

M.A., History, The University of Texas at Arlington, 1989

B.A., Economics, Austin College; Sherman, Texas, 1979


Ty Cashion is an accomplished regional author and Professor of History at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. “Dr. C,” as he is known to his students, has enjoyed teaching at SHSU since 1999, specializing in courses on American history. He received the PhD from Texas Christian University in 1993. Holder of a Phi Beta Kappa key, he is also the university's sole member of the Texas Institute of Letters. The TIL, which recognizes distinctive literary achievement, is composed of the state's most respected writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, and scholarship. Cashion is one of only a handful of historians to be so honored. 

Cashion’s most recent book, Lone Star Mind: Reimagining Texas History (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018), is a timely volume that frames the intellectual history of the state around the tug-of-war between traditionalists and progressives. Among his other works are A Texas Frontier (University of Oklahoma Press, 1996); Pigskin Pulpit (Texas State Historical Association, 1998); and The New Frontier: A Contemporary History of Fort Worth & Tarrant County (2006). He also co-edited a series of biographies with Jesús F. de la Teja, The Human Tradition in Texas (2001). In 2004 he produced Sam Houston State University: An Institutional Memory, which was hailed as a model for composing school histories.

A member of nine scholarly societies, Cashion is a fellow of the Texas State Historical Association; he is also fellow and past-president of the East Texas Historical Association and has served on boards and committees for such organizations as The Texas Institute of Letters, the Texas State Historical Association, the Oral History Association of Texas, and the West Texas Historical Association.



American History, since 1876

Texas &the Southwest

The American West


The History of Texas

The Spanish-Mexican Borderlands

The American West

Selected Publications

Lone Star Mind: Reimagining Texas History. University of Oklahoma, 2018. 

Pigskin Pulpit: A Social History of Texas Football Coaches. Texas State Historical Association, 1998.

Sam Houston State University: An Institutional Memory, 1879-2004. Huntsville: Texas Review Press, 2004.   

A Texas Frontier: The Clear Fork Country and Fort Griffin, 1849-1887. University of Oklahoma Press, 1996.

The New Frontier: A Contemporary History of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. San Antonio: Historical Publishing Network, 2006.

The Human Tradition in Texas. Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources, 2001.

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