Dr. Isaac Hampton is the Command Historian at U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He is originally from Urbana, Ohio and served in the U.S. Army from 1988-1991 as an enlisted soldier. Hampton earned his Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S. History from the University of Houston where his research focused on the condition of the African American officers’ experience concerning unfair promotion, systemic racism, and the influence of the Black Power movement on African Americans serving in uniform during the Vietnam era. He received his Master’s degree in history from Texas Southern University and his Bachelor’s degree in communications from Urbana University.
Hampton’s first book The Black Officer Corps: A History of Black Military Advancement from Integration through Vietnam (New York: Routledge, 2012) was well received in the military and academic community. Dr. Hampton’s latest contribution appears in The Routledge History of Race in the American Military, with his chapter “The Navy’s Search for Black Officers through ROTC and The Edge of Institutional Change.” His most recent work appears in the book Integrating The U.S. Military published by Johns Hopkins Press in 2017, with a chapter titled “Race Crusaders: Memories from DRRI [pronounced “dry”] and DEOMI [pronounced “ D-oh-me”] 1971-2014.”
Dr. Hampton has been a guest speaker at the Pentagon and contributor to KTSU 90.9 FM radio in Houston and KVCE 1160 AM in Dallas in addition to presenting on issues of race and military history at many national academic conferences. He is an adjunct professor at San Antonio College and Texas A&M San Antonio where he teaches African American History, Military History, and U.S. History.