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The Stephen Harmon Collection consists of the career and professorial works of Stephen Harmon consisting of his papers, classes, bibliographies, journals, magazines, leading up to his career at Pittsburg State University.

Stephen A. Harmon was born on June 15, 1945 in St. Louis, MO to Jim and Alice Harmon. In 1968, after marrying Fritzi Drosten, Harmon and Drosten moved to San Francisco. Dr. Stephen Harmon received his B.A. from San Francisco State University in the Spring of 1979 and he received his Master’s degree in June 1981. At SFSU, he spent a year in Madrid, Spain, studying at the Complutense University of Madrid. From Spain, he taught English in Japan and traveled across the Trans-Siberian Railroad. When starting his Ph.D, Dr. Harmon received his first Fulbright scholarship in 1983 traveling to Bamako, Mali. While researching his thesis he met his second wife Bintou Traore. While working towards his Ph.D., Dr. Harmon was a Teaching Assistant at UCLA from 1984 – 1987. He completed his Ph.D. in West African Islamic history at the University of California at Los Angeles in December 1988. Dr. Harmon got his first job as a Visiting Associate Professor at SUNY-College. After one academic year, Dr. Harmon then became an Associate Professor at Arkansas State University from 1989 – 1994. In 1990, Dr. Harmon received his second Fulbright scholarship and traveled back to Bamako, Mali. After his stay at ASU, Dr. Harmon then became an Associate Professor of African and Middle Eastern history at Pittsburg State University. In 2003, he earned a grant to internationalize the curriculum at Pittsburg State that helped lay the foundation for Pittsburg State’s PSU in Paraguay program, part of the Kansas Paraguay Partnership. He also worked in conjunction with PSU’s Military Science program, preparing upcoming soldiers with the cultural and historical background for their service in the Middle East. In 2008, Dr. Harmon gave a talk about rethinking Terrorism at a UN Workshop in Italy. During his stay, Dr. Harmon led student groups to Europe and South America. Harmon married Olive Sullivan in 2014. Dr. Harmon passed away on December 26, 2020, at Via Christi Hospital, Pittsburg.

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Arts and Humanities | Education

Size of Collection

12 linear feet

Dates of Collection


Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0353

Harmon, Stephen, Collection, 1960-2020



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