St. Bonaventure University


Payne, Phillip


School of Arts and Sciences

Professor, History
Chair, Department of History
Office Phone: (716) 375-2460
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Plassmann Hall 228

Public History Courses

  • HIST 206. Introduction to Public History 
  • HIST 419. Digital History and Archival Practices 
  • HIST 491. State and Local History (senior reading seminar) 
  • HIST 495. Public History Internship 

United States History Courses

  • HIST 201. United States History to 1865 (Survey I) 
  • HIST 202. United States History since 1865 (Survey II) 
  • HIST 429. Twentieth Century America in Film and History 
  • HIST 475. World War II 
  • HIST 491. United States Political History (senior reading seminar) 
  • Ph.D., Department of History, The Ohio State University, 1994.
  • M.A., Department of History, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1990
  • B.A., Marshall University, Huntington, W.Va., 1987

Historic Site Manager

President Warren G. Harding's Home and Museum, Marion, Ohio, May 1997-August 1998. Site operated by the Ohio Historical Society. Duties included:

  • administer the daily operation of the museum
  • preservation and care of Home and collection
  • developed interpretive and educational programs for the site
  • promoted the site to the public and participated in heritage tourism

Founding Executive Director

Institute of Industrial Technology, Newark, Ohio, June 1995-April 1997. The Institute (renamed The Works in 2001) is a not-for-profit educational facility and history museum created by the LeFevre Foundation in cooperation with Central Ohio Technical College. Duties:

  • oversaw the creation of the museum and educational center
  • served as historian and curator
  • supervised and participated in the restoration of the building and the design of the exhibits
  • supervised employees, volunteers, and interns
  • developed community support


  • Academic Director, Western Hemisphere Study of United States Institutes for Student Leaders, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, St. Bonaventure University, Summer 2009, 2010, 2013.


  • Crash! How the Economic Boom and Bust of the 1920s Worked. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.
  • Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding’s Scandalous Legacy. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2009.

Articles and Chapters

  • With Paul J. Spaeth, “Agent of Change: The Evolution and Enculturation of Nick Fury,” In Matthew Pustz, ed., Comic Books and American Cultural History: An Anthology (Continuum: 2012), 184-201.
  • With Paul J. Spaeth, “Jack Kirby’s Challengers of the Unknown: Establishing Order in an Age of Anxiety,” in Rafe York and Chris York, ed., Coded: Comics and Containment Culture in the 1950s. (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland Press, 1912) pp. 68 - 77.

Other Publications

  • “Instant History and the Legacy of Scandal: The Tangled Memory of Warren G. Harding, Richard Nixon, and William Jefferson Clinton” in Jack Salzman, ed., Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies (Cambridge University Press), Volume 28, 2004, pp. 597-625.
  • “John C. Campbell and the Blending of Industrial Development and Moral Uplift in Early Ohio,” Warren Van Tine and Michael Pierce, eds., Builders of Ohio. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2003. Pp.  84–94.
  • “The Shadow of William Estabrook Chancellor: Warren G. Harding, Marion, Ohio, and the Issue of Race” Mid-America: An Historical Review. Volume 83, Number 1, Winter, 2001, pp. 39-62.
  • “Mixed Memories: The Warren G. Harding Memorial Association and The President’s Home Town Legacy.” The Historian Volume 62, Number 2, Winter 2001, pp. 257-74.
  • “The Accomplishments of Warren G. Harding” Presidential History (Vol. 1, No. 4) April 1999, pp. 4-15.
  • “Building the Warren G. Harding Memorial,” Timeline (Vol. 15, No. 5) September/October, 1998, pp. 18-29.
  • “Big Time Football in Ironton, Ohio: Small-Town Boosterism and the Early Days of Professional Football, 1919-1931,” Buckeye Hill Country: A Journal of Regional History. II (Spring, 1997):  7-23.

Scholarly Presentations

  • With Paul J. Spaeth, “Jack Kirby’s & Joe Simon’s (Captain) Americans,” Northeast Popular Culture Association,” Rochester, NY: October 26, 2012
  • With Paul J. Spaeth, “Agent of Change: The Evolution and Enculturation of Nick Fury,” Popular Culture Association Meeting, Boston, MA: April 14, 2012.
  • With Paul J. Spaeth, “Modern Myths and the Commercialization of the Apocalypse: Jack Kirby’s New Gods” presented at the Northeaster Modern Language Association Conference. Rochester, New York: March 17, 2012.
  • “Teapots, Milkshakes, and Metaphors: An Historical Analysis of the Upton Sinclair’s Oil! and Paul Anderson’s There Will Be Blood.” Southwest Texas PCA/ACA Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico. February 25-28, 2009.

Invited Lectures and Working Groups

  • Working Group: Teaching Digital History and New Media, National Council on Public History, Ottawa, ON 2013.
  • “The 1912 Election and the Money Trust” as an invited Panelist for “The Great Debate Revisited: Remembering the 1912 Presidential Election and Its Relevance in 2012,” Daemen College Duns Scotus Lecture Series, October 23, 2012.