Professor Emeritus

Neil R. Stout, Professor Emeritus, came to the Department of History at the University of Vermont in 1964, after previous teaching stints at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1958-1960) and Texas A&M (1961-1964). He received his B. A. from Harvard in 1954 and (after two years in the U.S. Army, mostly in France) his Ph.D. from Wisconsin in 1961.

He has served as president of the New England Historical Association, as editor of Vermont History (the journal of the Vermont Historical Society), as a member of the Vermont State Historic Preservation Advisory Council, and as director of the University of Vermont's graduate programs in history, historic preservation, and cultural history/museology. He has written The Royal Navy in America, 1760-1775 (1973); The Perfect Crisis: The Beginning of the Revolutionary War (1976); and The History Student's Vade Mecum (1990, 1993, 1994, 1996--600,000 copies sold), as well as many articles and book reviews, and is presently completing a biography of Sir John Temple.

His scholarly and teaching interests are in U. S. history, especially the Colonial Period and American Revolution, and in biography and autobiography. He also taught courses in the departments of Economics and Political Science and in the Focus program.

After he retired in 2000, Neil Stout continued to advise students in the A&S Chiefs Program and to speak at public gatherings. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Fletcher Free Library, and continues as vice president of the Friends of the Library. He is a member of the Vestry of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, where he also serves as chair of the Buildings and Grounds committee and as Junior Warden.

In June 2008, he presented a paper to the 5th IMEHA INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF MARITIME HISTORY in Greenwich, England, on "The Re-establishment of Trade Relations between Britain and the United States during the Consul-Generalship of Sir John Temple, 1785-1798."

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

U. S. History (Colonial Period, American Revolution and in biography and autobiography), Economics, Political Science


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1961