Department of History

Stephen L. McFarland,


  • Ph.D., University of Texas
  • M.A., University of Texas
  • B.A. University of Kansas



Academic Interests

History of flight, technology, and the Middle East. Current research project is "Fueling the Aeronautical Revolution: America's Pursuit of High Octane Gasoline, 1913-1945," which focuses on the development of aviation technology from the origins of flight to the turbojet revolution, using fuels as a unifying factor in the evolution of the various technologies that allowed aircraft to fly higher, faster, farther, and more reliably.

Courses Taught

  • HST 103: Introduction to Global History 1500-1848
  • HST 104: Introduction to Global History Since 1848
  • HST 280: History of the Vietnam War


Significant Publications

  • America's Pursuit of Precision Bombing, 1910-1945
  • To Command the Sky: The Struggle for Air Superiority over Europe, 1942-1944 (with Wesley P. Newton)
  • A Concise History of the U.S. Air Force
  • "Higher, Faster, and Farther: Fueling the Aeronautical Revolution, 1919-1945," in Innovation and the Development of Flight