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 Dr. Thomas A. Chambers

Dr. Thomas A. Chambers

Professor; Director, Liberal Arts

Office Location:
Timon Hall 130



  • Ph.D., American History. The College of William and Mary in Virginia, 1999.
  • M.A., History. The College of William and Mary in Virginia, 1994.
  • B.A., History, cum laude. Middlebury College, 1991.

Thomas A. Chambers is Professor of History at Niagara University, where he has been on the faculty since 2003. In addition to teaching, committee work and research, he is Director of the Liberal Arts Program, and Faculty Director, Strategic Enrollment Management for Graduate Studies.

He has also served for periods as NU’s Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, History Department Chair, Graduate Studies Strategic Enrollment Director, and Director of its Master’s program in Interdisciplinary Studies.

He currently serves as President of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, Niagara Frontier State Park, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Commission, has served on Governor Cuomo’s Path Through History Task Force, and helped to lead War of 1812 Bicentennial commemorations in Western New York. The recipient of three National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks in American History and Culture grants, his most recent book is Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic (Cornell University Press, 2012; paperback 2018). In 2016 Chambers was elected to the New York Academy of History. He sits on the Editorial Board of The Hudson River Valley Review. The Saratoga County native began his career as a historic interpreter at Fort Ticonderoga.


  • "George Washington's New York: How a City and State Shaped the Founding Father." Book manuscript in progress.
  • Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2012; paperback 2018). 
  • Drinking the Waters: Creating an American Leisure Class at Nineteenth Century Mineral Springs. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, October 2002.

  • Co-author, The Thirteen Colonies. New York: Fodors Travel Publications, 2003. Introduction and New York State chapter.