James Reagan Fancher | Department of History

James Reagan Fancher

Email: JamesFancher@my.unt.edu

Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His

Specialty Areas: Osama bin Laden's Arab guerrilla unit in the Soviet-Afghan War, Joseph Stalin's Red Army in the Second World War, Ronald Reagan's Cold War policies.

I am a third semester PhD student here at the University of North Texas. I am originally from Monroe, Louisiana and earned my master's degree in history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM), focusing my primary research and interests on Osama bin Laden in the Soviet-Afghan War. My wonderful wife, Grazi, is originally from Brazil, and we celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary this summer. I enjoy reading history books when we are not working out or running. Before moving to Denton to begin my doctoral studies at UNT, I had the exciting opportunity to teach both World and U.S. history survey courses as an adjunct instructor at ULM, and I also taught these as dual enrollment courses as a full time teacher at a private high school in Monroe. My passion, however, is teaching the World history survey course from the sixteenth century to the present.

Additional information:


  • Book Review for Summer 2018 issue of Army History Magazine-Barbarossa 1941: Reframing Hitler's Invasion of Stalin's Soviet Empire, by Frank Ellis, published by University Press of Kansas, 2015.
  • Book Review for Fall 2019 issue of Army History Magazine-A Military History of Afghanistan: From the Great Game to the Global War on Terror, by Ali Ahmad Jalali, published by University Press of Kansas, 2017.


  • Awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Award by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America for outstanding research, Spring 2017.
  • Awarded the Teacher of the Month Award by the Student Council at St. Frederick High School in January 2019.
  • Awarded the Nation's Heritage Scholarship for 2020-2021 for $500.00.

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