Angela Boswell, Ph.D.


Angela Boswell
Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities
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Dr. Angela Boswell grew up in Houston, Texas. She earned her B.A. from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, her M.A and Ph.D. in history at Rice University, and a certificate in Higher Education Management from Harvard. She joined the faculty at Henderson State (Arkansas) University in 1997, teaching courses in early American history and American women’s history.

Beginning in 2014, Boswell moved into administrative roles, first as associate dean and then as dean of the Matt Locke Ellis College of Arts and Sciences at Henderson State. As a faculty member and in the dean’s office, she chaired the reaffirmation of university accreditation, contributed to and led university, college, and department strategic planning, oversaw new program and curriculum development including general education, assisted with accreditations and program reviews, and improved the usefulness of assessment.

She is the author of the award-winning Women in Texas History (2018) and Her Act and Deed: Women’s Public Lives in a Rural Southern County, 1837-1873 (2001) and co-editor of several other books on Texas and southern women’s history. Boswell has twice received the Liz Carpenter Award for the Best Scholarly Book on the History of Women and Texas.

She has written and co-edited books about Southern women’s roles in history, has published numerous chapters, articles and book reviews, and has made many professional meeting presentations.