Stentiford, Barry M. 1964-

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STENTIFORD, Barry M. 1964-

PERSONAL: Born November 11, 1964, in Worcester, MA; son of Robert E. (a mason) and Janet (a bookkeeper; maiden name, Maxfield) Hall; married Vitida Sirisinha (in finance). Education: College of Great Falls, B.S., 1990; University of Montana, M.A., 1995; University of Alabama, Ph.D., 1998. Hobbies and other interests: "Studying the Thai language."

ADDRESSES: Home—510 Gray Rd., Dubach, LA 71235. Office—Department of History and Geography, Grambling State University, Grambling, LA 71245. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: Grambling State University, Grambling, LA, assistant professor of history, 1997—. Military service: U.S. Air Force, 1985-90; became sergeant. U.S. Army Reserve, 1990—; present rank, captain.

MEMBER: Company of Military Historians, Society for Military History, Phi Alpha Theta.


The American Home Guard: The State Militia in the Twentieth Century, Texas A & M University Press (College Station, TX), 2002.

Contributor to reference books. Contributor to periodicals.

SIDELIGHTS: Barry M. Stentiford told CA: "As a historian, I find myself drawn to paths once taken but now forgotten. I specialize in American military institutions that were cast aside in the quest for greater efficiency and modernity. I try to produce work that will be useful and interesting to professional historians, defense scholars, and lay readers.

"Currently I am working on a book that, on its surface, traces the life of a militia company in a suburb of Boston from 1851 through the 1960s, but on a deeper level shows what was lost at the community level when the National Guard absorbed the local militia and towns near cities became 'bedroom communities.'"