Stephen Tootle
Stephen K. Tootle
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
Stephen K. Tootle
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty


Stephen Tootle is Professor of History at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California.  Professor Tootle received his history degrees from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (B.A., 1996), Fresno State (M.A., 1997), and Ohio University (Ph.D., 2004).  Tootle taught American political history, American intellectual history, and U.S. foreign policy at the University of Northern Colorado and Georgia State before moving back to his hometown to start a family in 2007.  His reviews, articles, and essays have appeared in the Claremont Review of Books, the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the History News Network, and his hometown newspaper.  He is married with two young sons, Otis and Isaac.  He serves as an Elder at Visalia’s First Presbyterian Church, on the Board of the College of the Sequoias Foundation, as the Vice Chairman of the Republican Party in Tulare County, is the advisor for the College Honor Society and the College Republicans, administrates a speaker series on individual liberty, and recently concluded a term as a Leadership Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C.  Tootle is a musician, and his other hobbies include shooting, riding his motorcycle, and spending as much time as possible at Huntington Lake and the Kings/Sequoia National Parks.

Research Areas

American Political History
American Intellectual History


PhD, Ohio University
MA, California State University, Fresno
BA, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Courses Taught

AHG 510 - John Steinbeck
AHG 510 - The Literature of the Vietnam War
AHG 607 - America During the Cold War
AHG 608 - Civil War and Reconstruction
AHG 610 - US Foreign Policy since 1898
AHG 614 - Contemporary America, 1974 to present
AHG 660 - The 1960s