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Last Name
University of Connecticut
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U.S. journalism history 1600s-present, American west, North American environment, the frontier, mountain and adventure history, farming, libertarian political movement
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About Me

Christine Woodside is a Connecticut-based history and environment writer. In 2020-21, she is visiting assistant professor in the University of Connecticut’s Department of Journalism, teaching environmental journalism, the Press in America, newswriting, and journalism ethics.

She is editor-in-chief of Appalachia, a journal of adventure and science.

She earned a master’s degree in history from Arizona State University in 2019. Her focus was North American history. Her capstone project combined original research and historiography about the rise and decline of industrial farming in southern New Jersey in the twentieth century. She earned an American civilization bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

She is the author of the 2016 book Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books (Arcade), a book that traces the influence of the early libertarian political movement on the iconic children’s pioneer books. She was a fellow with the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island and served on its advisory board for many years.

Woodside has published hundreds of articles on history and environmental subjects, worked for years as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor, and walked the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in one season. She has edited several books, including New Wilderness Voices (University Press of New England, 2017), Living on an Acre (Lyons Press/Globe Pequot) and No Limits But the Sky: The Best Mountaineering Stories from Appalachia Journal (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).

Recent Publications

Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books (Arcade)

New Wilderness Voices (University Press of New England, 2017)

“Industrial Farming Outweighs Willpower in Obesity Crisis,” Connecticut Health Investigative Team, September 8, 2020.

“Tracking Types of Terrain that Harbor Disease-Carrying Ticks,” Connecticut Health Investigative Team, January 15, 2020.

“Encounter with a Hare,” Appalachia 246 (Summer Fall 2018), 6-8. Available here:

“Little House on the Prairie: The Contested Collaboration Between Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane,” Public Seminar April 11, 2018,

“How Little House on the Prairie Built Modern Conservatism.” Politico magazine, September 2016.

Media Coverage,
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Early Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Material Culture, Politics, Rural & Agrarian History