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Walter Kamphoefner

Areas of Speciality
  • 19th-Century U.S.
  • American Civil War
  • US Immigration and Ethnicity
  • (979) 862-1314
  • Melbern G. Glasscock Building, 301
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Ph.D. University of Missouri 1978

Research Interests

Walter D. Kamphoefner earned his Ph.D. at University of Missouri-Columbia in 1978 and arrived in 1988 at TAMU, where he is now Professor of History. He teaches in the field of immigration history and the U.S. Civil War. He spent three yearlong guest professorships at German universities, two on Fulbright lectureships, and served as President of the Society for German-American Studies, 2015-17. He has published widely in the field of immigration and ethnicity, with articles in four languages and three books out in both German and English versions. His latest co-edited work is Preserving German Texan Identity: Reminiscences of William A. Trenckmann, 1859-1935 (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2018). His latest book, Germans in America: A Concise History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021), surveys the sweep of the German American experience over more than 300 years.

Kamphoefner also pens the occasional op-ed on historical and contemporary issues for the local Eagle and other papers such as the Houston Chronicle, the Austin American-Statesman, and the Washington Post.