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.
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