Michael V. Hazel, Ph.D.
Michael V. Hazel is a native Dallasite and a fifth-generation Texan. He graduated from Highland Park High School and earned his B.A. in history from SMU and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago.
For the past 39 years, Dr. Hazel has concentrated on local history, working for Old City Park from 1981 to 1988, and for the Dallas Historical Society from 1988 to 1992 (serving both organizations as Interim Director). For four years, he was part of a team of historians working to create a museum of Dallas County history in the Old Red Courthouse.
Since 1989 Dr. Hazel has edited Legacies, a regional history journal jointly published by six local historical organizations. He has also edited and written 14 books, including Dallas Reconsidered (1995), Dallas: A History of Big D (1997), Dallas: A Dynamic Century (1998), Stanley Marcus from A to Z (2000), The Dallas Public Library: Celebrating a Century of Service (2001), and Historic Photos of Dallas (2006).
Dr. Hazel has also taught Dallas history at SMU and museum studies at the University of North Texas. From 1999 to 2019, he coordinated the Annual Legacies Dallas History Conference co-sponsored by sixteen local history groups.
He is currently coordinating an effort to add more entries relating to Tarrant and Dallas counties to the Handbook of Texas Online, a project sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association.