Robert Schoone-Jongen, Calvin College
NEH Summer Institute for Teachers, 2012
Will Katerberg teaches at Calvin College, where he is professor of history and director of the Mellema Program in Western American Studies. Previously he taught at the University of Maine in Orono and St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, Canada. He received his PhD in history from Queen's University, in Canada, and is a specialist in the comparative history of the United States and Canada, the North American West, and religion and politics in North America. His books include Future West: Utopia and Apocalypse in Frontier Science Fiction (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2008), Modernity and the Dilemma of North American Anglican Identities, 1880-1950 (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2008), and Conquests & Consequences: The American West from Frontier to Region, co-written with Carol Higham (Wheeling, IL: Harlan Davidson, 2009). His current research focuses on violence and power in the North American West and on extremist and radical politics, on the right and left, in the US since 1945.
Carol Higham teaches at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has also taught at Winona State University, Texas A&M University, and Davidson College. She received her PhD in history at Duke University and specializes in comparative U.S. and Canadian history, the North American West, and Native American history. She regularly teaches courses on the frontier, the West, and Native American history, as well as a writing course for first year students that introduces them to the college experience. She has won two undergraduate teaching awards and has run teacher symposiums at the Booth Museum in Georgia and at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Wyoming. Her books include Noble, Wretched, and Redeemable: Protestant Missionaries to the Indians in Canada and the United States, 1820-1900 (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2000) and Conquests & Consequences: The American West from Frontier to Region (Wheeling, IL: Harlan Davidson, 2009), co-written with Will Katerberg. She has co-edited collections (with Robert Thacker), One West, Two Myths: A Comparative Reader and One West, Two Myths II: Essays on Comparison (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2007). Her current research examines ideas held by Europeans, and later North Americans, about cannibalism among Native peoples in the Americas.
Bob Schoone-Jongen is assistant professor of history at Calvin College and received his PhD in 19th century U.S. social history from the University of Delaware. He taught high school history for 27 years before coming to Calvin and is the advisor for secondary education in history and social studies. His dissertation was on immigrant Dutch American colonies in Upper Midwest from 1870 to 1920. Three historical themes that Schoone-Jongen finds fascinating: human migration patterns, the definitions people give themselves and place upon others, and the manner in which events are interpreted both at the moment and after the fact. His recent publications include "Religion in Riverside: Two Churches and Two Dutch Identities in One Neighborhood (1880-1920)," The Castle Genie: Newsletter of the Passaic County New Jersey Historical Society Geneology Club (Summer, 2011); “Dateline Orange City, Iowa: De Volksvriend and the Creation of Dutch American Community in the Midwest, 1874-1951,” The Annals of Iowa 69 (2010); and “Churches Bigger Than Windmills: Religion and Dutchness in Minnesota (1885-1928)," in Going Dutch: Holland in America, 1609-2009, edited by Joyce D. Goodfellow (Amsterdam: Brill, 2008).
Southern Methodist University
Andrew Graybill is the director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies and associate professor in the Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University. He received his PhD in history from Princeton University and was the Clements Research Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America in 2004-2005. Graybill is a historian of the North American West, with particular interest in expansion, borders, race, violence, and the environment. His books include Policing the Great Plains: Rangers, Mounties, and the North American Frontier, 1875-1910 (University of Nebraska Press, 2007) and Bridging National Borders in North America: Transnational and Comparative Histories (co-edited with Benjamin H. Johnson, Duke University Press, 2010).
Jamie Skillen is assistant professor of environmental studies at Calvin College and received his PhD in natural resource policy from Cornell University. His research interests include federal land and resource policy and the American West. Skillen's most recent book is The Nation's Largest Landlord: The Bureau of Land Management in the American West (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2009).
North Carolina State University
Richard Slatta is professor of history at North Carolona State University and received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He has spent three decades riding various frontier ranges, researching cowboy and ranch life throughout North and South America, and, mostly recently, in Hawaii. His comparative history approach has taken him on research trips to Argentina; Alberta, Canada; Hawaii; Mexico; Venezuela; and throughout the American West. In order to bring history to a wider audience, he has published a number of popular trade books, such as Cowboy: The Illustrated History (Sterling: 2006), The Mythical West: An Encyclopedia of Legend, Lore and Popular Culture (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio, 2001), and Cowboys of the Americas (Yale University Press, 1990).
William Van Vugt is professor of history and chair of the history department of Calvin College. He received his PhD in economic history and political science from the London School of Economics (UK), and his research interests include British migration, British-American cultural / economic relationship, and American settlement and development. His most recent books include British Immigration to the United States, 1776 - 1914 (London: Pickering Chatto, 2009) and British Buckeyes: the English, Scots, and Welsh in Ohio, 1700-1900 (Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2006).
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