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William F. Stoutamire received his doctorate in Public History from Arizona State University in May of 2013. He also holds a B.A. in History (with a minor in Religion) from Florida State University. Over the years, he has worked on projects for the Museum of Florida History, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, and the National Park Service.
A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Stoutamire has a background in both Southern and Southwestern history, focusing primarily on the mid- to late-19th and early-20th centuries. He considers himself a public historian first, however, and seeks to employ the theories and methodologies of public history practice and scholarship to our interpretations of the American past.
Stoutamire is particularly interested in the place of the past in American life and its influence on our understanding of the present. His writings focus on the ways in which our senses of place and history, and our historical memories, imagine the past and infuse and remain relevant to daily life. When not working, he can usually be found exploring one of our nation's many natural wonders on foot.