Dr. Brian Cannon has been appointed as the new department chair of History, effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Cannon replaces Dr. Eric Dursteler, who has served as department chair since 2016.
Of the change, Dean Ben Ogles said, “We are grateful to Professor Dursteler for his effective leadership over the past 3 years and look forward to having Professor Cannon join the ranks of our college leadership team. Professor Cannon has extensive administrative experience from his 15 years as Director of the Charles Redd Center. We appreciate the fact that he is willing to return to administrative service by using those skills to lead the History Department.”
Brian Q. Cannon graduated from BYU with a BA in American Studies in 1984. He completed an MA in History at Utah State University in 1986 and a PhD in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992. Since that time he has taught at BYU. He teaches upper division courses in the American West in the Twentieth Century, Utah History, and U.S. History from 1890 to 1945. Much of his research focuses upon agricultural settlement, rural community development and federal rural policy in the twentieth century. He has received fellowships and other awards from the Western History Association, the Agricultural History Society, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, the Ford Foundation and the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies.
Learn more about Dr. Cannon and the Department of History here.