Dr. Richard Traylor


Dr. Richard Traylor, professor of history, joined the history faculty at Hardin-Simmons University in 2003 to teach Early America.

In addition to teaching survey courses on United States history, he teaches upper-division courses on Colonial and Revolutionary America, the Early Republic, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. He also enjoys teaching courses on Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, and the History of American Religious Culture. He also teaches a First Year Seminar entitled “The Disney Version” dealing with the creations and legacy of Walt Disney.

In 2015, Dr. Traylor published Born of Water and Spirit: The Baptist Impulse in Kentucky, 1776-1860 with the University of Tennessee Press. He has also published articles in the Missouri Historical Review, Baptist History and Heritage, and the Texas Journal of History.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Arts, Religion, Oklahoma Baptist University, 1991
  • Master of Divinity, Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1994
  • Master of Art, Southern History, University of North Texas, 1997
  • Doctor of Philosophy, American History, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2003
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