Andrew Torget

Andrew J. Torget is a historian of nineteenth-century North America at the University of North Texas, where he holds the University Distinguished Teaching Professorship.  A veteran of pioneering work in digital scholarship, he has been a featured speaker at Harvard, Stanford, Rice, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and the Library of Congress.  In 2011, he was named the inaugural David J. Weber Research Fellow at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University.   His most recent book, Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850, won twelve book prizes and was described by Texas Monthly as “the most nuanced and authoritative rewriting of Texas’s origin myth to date.”  In 2018, he set a Guinness World Record for the “World’s Longest History Lesson,” when he lectured for 26.5 hours on Texas history.