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Faculty: Hal Smith

Dr. Hal Smith

Director of History Program
Professor of Humanities/History

B.A., University of Northern Iowa; M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa.

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Phone: 361-570-4212

Victoria: 245 UW

Hal Smith is Professor of Humanities/History at the University of Houston-Victoria. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1971, he taught at the University of Montana and the University of Missouri at Kansas City before joining the UHV faculty in August 1976.

His research interests are in British women's history, the social history of Second World War Britain, and Texas women's history. He was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford in 1994, and presented invited lectures at Rice University (1990) and the University of Texas at Austin (1991). He was President of the Western Conference on British Studies in 1987-88 and has been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain since 2000.

Selected Publications:


“All You Need is Love: Casey Hayden and the Origins of SNCC, SDS, and the Women’s Liberation Movement” in S. Cole, R. Sharpless, and E. Turner eds., Texas Women/American Women: Their Lives and Times (Forthcoming, University of Georgia Press).


“All Good Things Start With the Women": The Origin of the Texas Birth Control Movement, 1933-1945,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly, CXIV (January 2011), 253-283 [winner of the TSHA’s $1,000 H. Bailey Carroll Award].


(with Judith N. McArthur) Texas Through Women’s Eyes: The Twentieth-Century Experience (University of Texas Press) [winner of the TSHA’s Carpenter Award and one of three finalists for the Texas Institute of Letters Scholarly Book Award].


(with Judith N. McArthur) “Not Whistling Dixie: Women’s Movements and Feminist Politics” in D. Cullen and K. Wilkison, eds., The Texas Left (Texas A & M University Press).


“British Feminism in the Second World War” in P. Levine and S. Grayzel eds., Gender, Labour, War and Empire: Essays on Modern Britain (Palgrave Macmillan).


The British Women’s Suffrage Campaign, 1866-1928 (Longman, 2nd ed.).


(with Judith N. McArthur) Minnie Fisher Cunningham: A Suffragist’s Life in Politics (Oxford University Press) [winner of the TSHA’s Carpenter Award and the THC’s T. R. Fehrenbach Award for the best scholarly book on Texas history].


(ed.) Sex and Gender: Manuscript Sources from the Public Record Office. Part 2: Equal Opportunities and Pay (Adam Matthew, 2003).


“The Women’s Movement, Politics and Citizenship, 1960s-2000” in I. Zweiniger-Bargielowska ed., Women in Twentieth-Century Britain (Longman).

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Website Links
American Historical Association for History
Institute of Historical Research
Women and Social Movements
Handbook of Texas
Oxford University Press: Minnie Fisher Cunningham