Service to the Profession

Nelson - Compressed

My commitment to western history extends beyond my research and teaching. I have always been interested in engaging in the historical profession through various administrative positions.

National & Regional Service:
My service to the field of western history began my first semester as a Ph.D. student at the University of New Mexico when I started to work as a graduate assistant for the Executive Director of the Western History Association. I gained tremendous insight into the profession as the Graduate Assistant (and later Executive Assistant) for the WHA from 2004 to 2006. I enjoyed the work responsibilities and used my organization and management skills to run an efficient executive office at UNM and help plan the annual WHA conference meeting. In 2016 I was honored to be selected to serve as the next Executive Director for the Western History Association. The office officially transitioned to the University of Nebraska at Omaha on July 1, 2017 where it is hosted by the Department of History and College of Arts and Sciences. The staff, students, and faculty at UNO welcome the WHA to Nebraska!


Selected Service Assignments and Participation
Center for the Southwest 
University of New Mexico Press 
Western Writers of America
Library of Congress/Teaching Primary Sources
Western Association of Women Historians
Coalition for Western Women’s History 
Mari Sandoz Heritage Society
Northern Great Plains History Conference
Coordinator of the History Intern Program
 Minnesota State Historical Records Advisory Board