Stephen Tootle is Associate Professor of History at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California. Professor Tootle received his B.A. and M.A. from schools close to home (B.A. in History, California Polytechnical State University, 1996; M.A. History, Fresno State, 1997). While at Cal Poly, Tootle worked with David Harlan on his book The Degradation of American History and began reading the works of Ohio University history professor, Alonzo Hamby. Hamby served as Tootle’s advisor at Ohio University and directed Tootle’s dissertation. After graduating from OU, Tootle taught US intellectual, political, and diplomatic history at the University of Northern Colorado and Georgia State University before moving back to his hometown of Visalia, California. Tootle is now Associate Professor of History at the College of Sequoias. His reviews, articles, and essays have appeared in many publications, including Claremont Review of Books, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and The Visalia Times-Delta.