Research

P1010197Current Project
My research interests focus primarily on the history of Indigenous people in the American West. In recent years I expanded beyond this specialization to examine the intersection of gender, race, and labor in the twentieth century. My first full-length monograph is a revised manuscript of my dissertation on the history of regional identity and tourism in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. Titled Dreams and Dust in Black Hills: Tourism, Indigenous People, and National Identity in America, this work is forthcoming from the University of Oklahoma Press. 

 

Presentations and Peer-Reviews
I have presented my work and moderated sessions at several venues, including academic conferences for the Western History Association, American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Northern Great Plains History Conference, Native American & Indigenous Studies Association, Pacific Coast Branch of the AHA, Sandoz Symposium, Western Association of Women Historians, and the Missouri Valley History Conference. I have provided book and article-length manuscript reviews for Great Plains Quarterly, Western Historical Quarterly, Tribal College Journal, Journal of Military History, Kansas History, University of Nebraska Press, University of Oklahoma Press, Texas Tech University Press, and University of Arizona Press.

Selected Awards and Grants
2016    University Committee for the Advancement of Teaching Curriculum Development Grant, University of Nebraska at Omaha
2016    Mari Sandoz Heritage Society Research Travel Grant
2015    University Committee on Research and Creative Activity Travel Grant, University of Nebraska at Omaha
2014    Charles and Mary Caldwell Martin Fund Travel Grant, University of Nebraska at Omaha
2013    Phillips Fund for Native American Research, American Philosophical Society
2013    Imagine Fund Annual Faculty Award, McKnight Foundation and University of Minnesota (declined)
2012    Faculty Research Enhancement Fund (2011-2012), University of Minnesota, Morris 
2012    Imagine Fund Annual Faculty Award, McKnight Foundation and University of Minnesota
2011    Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation Writing Fellowship, University of New Mexico
2011    Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Fellowship, D’Arcy McNickle Center, Newberry Library
2010    Founders’ Dissertation Fellowship Award, Western Association of Women Historians
2010    Huntington Library-WHA Martin Ridge Fellowship for Study in Western History Award, The Huntington Library
2010    Research Resident Fellow, Cody Institute for Western American Studies (CIWAS), Buffalo Bill Historical Center
2009    Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the Western Hemisphere, American Historical Association
2009    Graduate Student Research Grant, Feminist Research Institute, University of New Mexico
2009    Michael J. Connell Foundation Fellow, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California
2009    George P. Hammond Prize, Best Graduate Student Paper, Phi Alpha Theta National Paper Prize Competition
2009    Travel Grant, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
2009    Summer Award for Graduate Student Research, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies
2009    John Higham Travel Grant, Organization of American Historians & Immigration and Ethnic History Society
2007    3% Scholars Award, Office of Graduate Studies, University of New Mexico
2004    Research Grant Fellowship, Nebraska State Historical Society
2004    Honorable Mention, Native American Studies Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Native American Studies, UNL
2003    Research Grant-in-Aid, Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2003    Graduate Fellow, NEH Conference on Regionalism and the Humanities, Plains Humanities Alliance, UNL