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 Dr. Aaron Cowan 



Assistant Professor History

Office: 212I Spotts World Culture Building
Phone: (724) 738-2409
Fax:      (724) 738-4762

Spring 2014 Semester Office Hours: 

Mon/Wed:  3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Tues/Thurs:  10:30 - 12 Noon

Dr. Cowan received his B.A. from King College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. His research interests focus on modern U.S. history, urban history, and public history. His dissertation "A Nice Place to Visit: Tourism, Urban Revitalization, and the Transformation of Postwar American Cities" received the Ohio Academy of History's Best Dissertation Award in 2008, and is currently under revision for publication.

In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Cowan also serves as curator of the Old Stone House, a reconstructed 1822 stagecoach tavern museum owned by SRU. The Stone House is staffed by SRU students and is open for tours from May - October, and also hosts a number of historically-themed public events. More information is available at

Dr. Cowan lives in the boro of Slippery Rock with his wife and two children. In his free time, he enjoys reading, listening to music, gardening, tennis, good beer and coffee, and managing his fantasy baseball team to championship glory. It's a good life.

Courses taught

HIST 201  Colonial America to 1815
HIST 202  United States, 1815-1920
HIST 203  U.S. History Since 1920
HIST 205  The Historian's Craft
HIST 343  Intro to Public History
HIST 357  Challenges of the American Experience I (to 1865)
HIST 344  The American City
HIST 445  Environmental Thought in the United States
HIST 454  Research and Writing Seminar

HIST 540  The United States in the Twentieth Century
HIST 550  Public History: Theory and Practice
HIST 636  The American West