Title: Historian (Retired)
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
Stephen B. Oates, Retired Historian, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in historical literature and higher education.
A renowned figure in the realms of history and education, Dr. Oates has accrued nearly 30 years of professional excellence in his areas of expertise. Recognized as a professor emeritus of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst since 1998, he was an adjunct professor of English with the institution for 17 years. He simultaneously served as a Paul Murray Kendall Professor of Biography for 18 years beginning in 1980. Dr. Oates commenced his career as a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1968.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Oates sought a formal education, first obtaining a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in 1958 and a Master of Arts in 1960 from the University of Texas. He followed these accomplishments with a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas in 1968. Dr. Oates later obtained a Doctor of Letters from Lincoln College in 1981. Dr. Oates became interested in history from a young age, falling in love with the topics of the Civil War and other war-torn eras.
A prolific author, Dr. Oates is known for his ability to bring history alive through the pages of his books. Among his most prominent books are “A Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War,” published in 1994, “Let the Trumpet Sound: The Life of Martin Luther King, Junior,” published in 1982, and “With Malice Toward None: The Life of Abraham Lincoln,” published in 1977. He has further contributed articles and essays to journals and periodicals, as well as lectured in his realms of interest.
A fellow of the Texas State Historical Association, Dr. Oates maintains affiliation with several industry organizations, such as the Texas Institute of Letters, the Society of American Historians, and the American Antiquarian Society. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Dr. Oates attributes his success to his mentors who have guided him throughout his education; particularly, Professor Otis Singletary, whose style of engaging his audience and compassion for others is emulated by Dr. Oates.
In recognition of his exceptional accomplishments, Dr. Oates has been honored with several accolades throughout his career. The recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lincoln Group of New York in 2009, he was presented with an Outstanding Teaching Award by the University of Massachusetts in 1998. In addition, he was honored with the Nevins-Freeman Award Chicago for lifetime achievement in Civil War Studies Civil War Round Table 1993, the Presidential Writers Award in 1985, the Master Teacher Award by the University of Hartford in 1985, and the Christopher Award for Outstanding Literature in 1982. He was named Professor of the Year for 1986-1987 and a Senior Summer Fellow from the National Endowment of the Humanities in 1978. In 1972, Dr. Oates was honored with the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for his dedication and contributions to Civil War studies.
The proud father of two children, Dr. Oates enjoys reading in his spare time. He has been listed in several editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the East.
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