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 spotlights of their lives and experiences in Nebraska. Their work 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 UN-Omaha
I am thrilled to be surrounded by multiple history colleagues whose teaching and research overlap with western history topics, including Mark Scherer (Nebraska and the Great Plains, Legal West, Federal Indian Policy), Sharon Wood (U.S. Women and Gender, Social, Material Culture), Dennis Smith (Native American Environmental, Plains Tribes), Maria Arbelaez (Borderlands, Latina/o and Chicana/o Studies, Modern Mexico), Kent Blansett (Native American, Global Indigenous, Digital Humanities), and Danielle Battisti (Immigration and Ethnicity). Our combined interests and efforts provide students with a comprehensive exposure to the study of the North American 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)