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Saint Louis University
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American West, Southwest, gender, race, environment, place, culture
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About Me

Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, I have been interested in the relationship between places and human identities ever since I went “back East” for college.  My research interests include the American West,environmental history, the history of gender and sexuality, and history education.  My recent work has explored how national and Southwestern regional racial structures shaped Southwesterners’ twentieth-century experiences and hinted at new race relationships for the nation.  My current book project is a history of how people in the twentieth-century American West imagined the American East.  

Recent Publications

A Land Apart: The Southwest and the Nation in the Twentieth Century, University of Arizona Press Modern American West Series, 2017

From Greenwich Village to Taos: Primitivism and Place at Mabel Dodge Luhan’s, University Press of Kansas, 2008

“The Arrogance of the East: How Westerners Created a Region” Western Historical Quarterly, forthcoming Winter 2018/19

“Mothers’ Nature: Feminism, Environmentalism and Childbirth in the 1970s,” co-authored with Jennifer Seltz, Journal of Women’s History, Summer 2018

“Spud Johnson and A Gay Man’s Place in Taos’s Creative Arts Community,” Pacific Historical Review, February 2010

“The Other Sides of History,” Teaching History, forthcoming 2018

C3 Framework for the Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies, writers’ team, 2013

“Choose Your Own Adventure,” OAH Magazine of History, July 2013

“What Does It Mean to Think Historically,” co-authored with Thomas Andrews, Perspectives, January 2007

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Food History, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Local & Regional, Pedagogy, Race, Rural & Agrarian History, Women