Interview conducted on November 9, 2016
(derived from Plan II Honors Program webpage)
Associate Professor; Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor; Director, Plan II
On May 17, 2008, at the Plan II Honors Commencement Convocation, President Bill Powers announced the appointment of Professor Stoff as the Director of Plan II Honors Program. Michael Stoff served as the Director ad interim from September 2006 until May 2008. Dr. Stoff is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor and Associate Professor in the Department of History. He received his doctorate from Yale University and serves as co-editor of the Oxford New Narratives in American History. Since 1998, Dr. Stoff has been involved with the Normandy Scholars program in which students study the Second World War in class and in Europe.
His publications include Oil, War, and American Security: The Search for a National Policy on Foreign Oil, 1941-1947; The Manhattan Project: A Documentary Introduction to the Atomic Ages; Nation of Nations: A Narrative History of the American Republic; American Journey: The Quest for Liberty, The American Nation; and America. He is currently writing a book on the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. In 2008, Professor Stoff was honored by the Organization of American Historians by being named an OAH Distinguished Lecturer.
Biography of Interviewer | Margaret Siu
Margaret Siu is a first year in the B.A. Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas in Austin and studied Mandarin Chinese at National Taiwan Normal University (國立臺灣師範大學). Siu is the founder and Editor in Chief of Apricity Magazine. She is a recipient of the Brown University Book Award, Gold and Silver Keys from the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards for her art and poetry, and an University Interscholastic League Journalism 1st Place Award for her Features Story. Siu has also been published in the Critical Pass Review. In the summer of 2015, Siu attended Brown University's Creative Writing Poetry Workshop under Director Gale Nelson and she published two personal poetry and art anthologies: In the Mirror and For Revolution. She is impassioned about the political climates of both the Sinosphere and the United States. Siu is an avid fan of Naomi Shihab Nye, Mong-Lan, and Lin Manuel Miranda--those who endeavor to narrate their cultures through verse.