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University of Nevada Reno
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U.S. West, Pioneer mythology, U.S.-Indian relations, Landmarks, Landscape
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About Me

Sarah Keyes is a historian of the United States. She specializes in the 19th century and the history of the U.S. West with a focus on the environment and intercultural interactions between Indigenous peoples and non-Native settlers. Her current work explores these topics along the overland trails to Oregon and California in the mid-19th century. Her first book, American Burial Ground: A New History of the Overland Trail, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in October 2023. Keyes has also begun work on her second project, a regional and transnational study of suffrage in the U.S. West, for which she was recently awarded a Mellon-Schlesinger Summer Research Grant from the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University.

Recent Publications

American Burial Ground: A New History of the Overland Trail (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2023).

“Western Adventurers and Male Nurses: Indians, Cholera, and Masculinity in Overland Trail Narratives,” The Western Historical Quarterly, (Spring 2018).

“‘Like a Roaring Lion’: The Overland Trail as a Sonic Conquest,” Journal of American History (June 2009): 19-43.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Environment, Gender, Race