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Bryan CuppBryan Cupp

Affiliate Instructor

Department of History
Office: Science Bldg, #238
Phone: 972-721-5097

Bryan Cupp is completing his doctorate in U.S. History at Texas Christian University. His dissertation, "Forging Identity Through Commodity Exchange: Gulf Region Trade in the Early Republic" examines the role of merchant trade and consumption patterns in the Lower Mississippi Valley in fostering identity and national affiliation in the years surrounding the Louisiana Purchase. He holds master's degrees in Humanities and American Studies from the University of Dallas; his undergraduate work was in economics at St. Edward's University. Along with an interest in the Early American Republic, his interests include broader histories of the Atlantic World, American maritime history, and Asian history (particularly modern China).

Recent Courses

HIS 1311 American Civilization I
HIS 1312 American Civilization II
HIS 2302 Western Civilization II
HIS 3368 Modern China
HIS 3360 ST/Atlantic Revolutions


"Forging Identity Through Commodity Exchange: Gulf Region Trade in the Early Republic." Advisor: Dr. Gene A. Smith

Academic Conference Presentations:

"'Government...shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement': Securing an Empire of Liberty through Trade" 51st Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association, March 19–21, 2009, Monroe, Louisiana.

"Art and Anxiety on the Range: Cowboy Erwin E. Smith's Photographic Portrayal of a
Declining Frontier Culture" 29th Annual Meeting of the Southwest/ Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association, February 13–16, 2008, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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