Nelson PhotoIn the Fall of 2013 I joined the
History Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha as an Assistant Professor of History. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on the North American West, women and gender, and Native American and Indigenous history. I arrived at UNO after teaching for two years at the University of Minnesota, Morris, a public liberal arts college in West-Central Minnesota. As a university professor since 2011, I have designed and taught a diverse list of History courses that are cross-listed with Gender Studies, Native American Studies, Environmental Studies, and the Honors Program. I also developed a course in partnership with the UNO Service Learning Academy and Durham Museum in Omaha. Beginning in Spring 2017, this class (U.S. Women’s History since 1865) will be taught as a combination of Oral History, Public History, and Civic Engagement. The students will interview diverse women from Greater Omaha and create biographical sketches of their lives and experiences in Nebraska. Their work continues in the Fall 2017 course (Gender in the American West) and will result in an exhibit titled “Women in the Modern American West” to be displayed at the Durham Museum in 2018.


The American West at UNO
Several members of the history faculty teach and research in fields that overlap with the North American West. Our department offers courses in Nebraska and the Great Plains, Legal West, Federal Indian Policy, Women and Gender in the West, Material Culture, Native American Environmental, Plains Tribes, Borderlands, Latina/o and Chicana/o Studies, Red Power and Native Nationalism, Global Indigenous Studies, the Environmental West, Digital Humanities, and Immigration Policy. Our combined interests and efforts provide students with a comprehensive exposure to the study of the West.

My Course Listings:
North American West up to 1900
Modern American West
Women in the American West
U.S. Women’s History Since 1865
American History up to 1865
Biography in American History
Indigenous Women and Gender in America
Great Plains History
Native North American History
Introduction to Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
America’s National Parks and Landmarks
American West in the Progressive Era (Graduate Seminar)
20th Century American West (Graduate Seminar)