Gietschier, Steven P.Associate Professor
A native of New York, Dr. Steven P. Gietschier has been University Curator and Assistant Professor of History at Lindenwood since 2009. He and his wife Donna have lived in St. Louis since 1986. They have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandsons.
Educational and Professional Experience
Dr. Gietschier has a B.S.F.S. (Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service) with a major in International Affairs from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D., both in history, from The Ohio State University. He has worked as a public historian for almost forty years. Before coming to Lindenwood, he was on staff at the Ohio Historical Society, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and The Sporting News, a weekly magazine formerly published in St. Louis.
Areas of Focus
For the past several decades, Dr. Gietschier has concentrated on the history of American sports. He teaches a course in this field, has published in it, and has presented many papers at conferences devoted to sport history and, more particularly, to the history of baseball.
Dr. Gietschier is a member of the North American Society for Sport History (www.nassh.org) and currently serves on its executive council. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (www.sabr.org) and a former member of its executive board. He is also on the editorial board of NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture and helps to organize the annual NINE Spring Training Conference.
Dr. Gietschier is an American historian and a generalist with an emphasis on the social and economic history of baseball. Particular interests include the evolution of baseball's rules, sabermetrics (the statistical analysis of baseball performance), and the interaction of the sport with other facets of American culture and society. He has written widely and is currently preparing a manuscript on the history of baseball from 1931 to 1960.
Each fall, Dr. Gietschier teaches History 106, a general education course covering the history of the United States since the Civil War, to undegraduates who are not history majors. In the spring, he teaches the History of American Sports and Public History, a course that introduces history majors and other interested undergraduates to career opportunities beyond the classroom.