Dr. Gene A. Sessions 

Presidential Distinguished Professor of History


Office - Social Sciences 246
Phone - (801)626-6706
Fax - (801)626-7613 
Email - gsessions1@weber.edu

Research and Teaching Areas:
 American West, Utah, Africa,  Diplomatic

Degrees: B.A., Utah State University (1970); M.A., Ph.D., Florida State University (1972, 1974)


  • HIST 1700 American Civilization
  • HIST 2710 History of the United States since 1877
  • HIST 4070 20th Century U.S. since 1945
  • HIST 4110 History of the American West to 1900
  • HIST 4130 History of Utah
  • HIST 4610 History of Africa


  • A History of Utah International: From Construction to Mining (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2005). Co-authored with Sterling Sessions.
  • Mormon Democrat: The Religious and Political Memoirs of
    James Henry Moyle
     (Salt Lake City : Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, 1975; 2nd ed., 1998)
  • The Search for Harmony: Essays on Science and Mormonism  (Salt Lake City : Signature Books, 1993). Edited with Craig J. Oberg.
  • Camp Floyd and the Mormons: The Utah War (Salt Lake City, Utah : University of Utah Press, 1992). Coauthored with Donald R. Moorman.
  • Prophesying Upon the Bones: J. Reuben Clark and the Foreign Debt Crisis, 1933-39 (Urbana : University of Illinois Press,1992)
  • Mormon Thunder: A Documentary History of Jedediah Morgan Grant (Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1982) (2nd edition Greg Kofford Books 2009)
  • Latter-day Patriots: Nine Mormon Families and Their Revolutionary War Heritage (Salt Lake City: Deseret Books, 1975)
  • Articles in Journal of American Folklore, Interamerican Review, Utah Historical Quarterly, World Affairs, South Atlantic Quarterly, and The Americas

Awards and Affiliations

  • Social Science Teaching Award, 1982
  • Presidential Distinguished Professor, 1985
  • Crystal Crest Master Teacher Award, 1987
  • Cortez Professor, Honors Program, 1988
  • Centennial Faculty Award for Service, 1989
  • John S. Hinckley Fellow, 1991
  • Social Science Endowed Professor, 1993-1996
  • Greek Council Professor of the Year, WSU, 1998-99
  • Distinguished Service Award, Utah Historical Society, 1999
  • Presidential Distinguished Professor of History 2006
  • Chair, Department of History, 2002-2008

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