Arthur S. Banton, Ph.D. Historian ● Educator ● Mentor
Arthur S. Banton, Ph.D.Historian ● Educator ● Mentor   


Dr. Arthur Banton is a lecturer in the Department of History at Middle Tennessee State University.


He has taught courses in U.S. History, American Studies, and African American Studies including: U.S. History: Discovery to Reconstruction (1492-1877), U.S. History: Reconstruction to Patriot Day (1876-2001), African American History, American Youth Culture, African American Popular Culture, and African American Cinema.


Banton received his Doctorate in American Studies with a concentration in 19th and 20th Century U.S. History. He received his Master’s in History and his Master’s in Media Arts from the City College of New York. Precedently, he received his Bachelor of Science from Herbert H. Lehman College.   


During his graduate studies at City College, Arthur was a member of the City University of New York Counseling Assistant Program which prepares graduate students for careers in higher education administration. In this position he served as a graduate assistant intern in the Office of Student Development at Bernard M. Baruch College where he mentored and advised student organizations. He also served as an instructor and scholar-in-residence for the freshman immersion program. Mr. Banton also coordinated the She Calls the Shots film festival and conference at the college in 2006.


In 2007, Arthur was a recipient of the Angelo B. Proto Award; an honor bestowed on the most outstanding graduate assistant in the City University of New York. He was the first graduate assistant at Baruch College to win this award in its twenty-year history.


Arthur is also a professional photographer, videographer, and documentary filmmaker. He is also a recreational enthusiast. In his spare time, he plays softball, racquetball, and basketball.