Originally from South Dakota, I attended college and graduate school in Nebraska and New Mexico. During my time in these states I focused on the issues that impacted the people and places in rural, urban, and reservation communities in the American West.
In 2004 I entered the Ph.D. program in the History Department at the University of New Mexico. I was fortunate to study with numerous western history faculty members at UNM who specialize in the study of environmental, military, women and gender, religion, borderlands, Indigenous peoples, race, the federal government, and urban histories of the North American West. My courses with these scholars shaped my research interests in the conflicted past of this country’s largest region.
I also took every opportunity to gain administrative and professional experience by working for several regional and national organizations as a graduate assistant. This includes the Western History Association (2004-2006), Center for the Southwest (2006-2008), the University of New Mexico Press (2008-2009), and Western Writers of America (2009-2010). The work I completed for these organizations had a profound impact on refining my skills in the historical profession and preparing me for diverse career options. It also equipped me with the incentive to become more involved in academic service and civic engagement in various university, regional, and national organizations and communities. Read more about my service involvement here.
Ph.D. in History, University of New Mexico, 2011
M.A. in History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2004
B.A.E. in English, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2002