Great Plains Affiliate Fellows: Full list

Affiliate Fellows of the Center include those who have a professional interest in the Great Plains and the purposes and program of the Center and are not presently holding regular appointments at the University of Nebraska.

They include more than 200 professionals from 122 institutions in the U.S., the United Kingdom, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia.

Affiliate Fellows
NameTitleInstitutionSpecialty
Kevin Abourezk Journalist, Managing Editor, Rosebud Sioux Indianz.com Native American issues, higher education, leadership
Adam Ahlers Associate Professor Kansas State University Landscape ecologist interested in how landscape change affects wildlife populations
Donna Akers Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies University of Texas Arlington Native American history, race, gender, ethnicity, comparative colonialism
Sam Albrecht Executive Director Center for Association Leadership Management
Blake Allmendinger Professor, English UCLA Literature of the American West
Armando Alonzo Associate Professor, History Texas A&M Mexican American, Texas, and Spanish Borderlands history
Eric Anderson Associate Professor, English George Mason University Native American Literature, Indigenous studies
Nico Arcilla President & Research Director International Bird Conservation Partnership Avian ecology, migration, and conservation
Douglas Bamforth Professor, Anthropology University of Colorado-Boulder Human use of the Plains, long-term environmental change
Blake Bell Historian Homestead National Monument Great Plains women, African Americans, immigrants, Civil War
Randy Bertolas Professor, Geography; Chair, History, Politics, and Geography Wayne State Recreation, tourism and sports, natural disasters, geography education, utilizing GIS in mapping
Matthew Bice Dean, School of Professional & Graduate Studies Baker University Higher education management, public health education, health interventionist
Kent Blansett Langston Hughes Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies and History University of Kansas Native American, modern U.S., Global Indigenous history
Brian Blouet Huby Professor, Geography & International Education William & Mary Political geography, U.S. settlement
Richard Breaux Associate Professor, Race/Gender/Sexuality Studies University of Wisconsin-La Crosse African American history, education history, black education
Pamela Brink President Associated Authors & Editors, Inc. English, Women's Studies, Shakespeare
Charles Brown Professor, Biological Sciences University of Tulsa Social behavior in vertebrates, cliff swallow
Shane Brown Photographer Oklahoma Cinematography, cultural landscapes, rural Oklahoma
Amy Burgin Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology University of Kansas Microbial ecology, aquatic ecosystems
Brian Cannon Professor & Department Chair, History Brigham Young University Agricultural settlement, rural community development, and federal rural policy in the 20th Century
Laura Cannon Assistant Professor, History University of the Incarnate Word U.S.-Mexico borderlands, labor history, and citizenship and civil rights
Gustavo Carlo Millsap Professor of Diversity, Multicultural Studies University of Missouri Prosocial and moral development among children and adolescents, Latino families and youth
James Carroll Professor, History Iona College Native American history, education and pedagogy, transnational studies
David Carter Director and Professor, Forensic Sciences Chaminade University Forensic taphonomy, postmortem microbiology, estimating postmortem interval
Elizabeth Chase Executive Director Nebraska Main Street Network Community and regional planning, historic main streets
Brett Chloupek Associate Professor, Geography Northwest Missouri State University Cultural, political, and historical geography, the geography of religion
Paul Christensen Professor, English Texas A&M 20th Century American poetry, Southwestern life and literature, creative writing
Valerie Cisler Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication; Professor, Music University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Great Plains music, piano
Thomas Clark Lecturer, History Sacramento State University Urban history, history of crime and poverty
Richmond Clow Professor, Native American Studies University of Montana Tribal resource management, politics on Montana's Reservations
Margaret Coel Writer, Guest Lecturer Boulder, Colo. The West: the mountains, plains, and vast spaces
Allison Hedge Coke Distinguished Professor, Creative Writing University of California, Riverside Native Americans, poetry, nonfiction, landscape
Kyle Conway Associate Professor University of Ottawa Communication, border studies, Social effects of oil exploration
Sara Crook Professor, History and Political Science Peru State College United States Congress and Nebraska Politics
Greg Davis Associate Professor, Landscape Design Kansas State University Horticulture design applications, landscape plant establishment
Catherine De Almeida Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture University of Washington Rural landscapes, Nebraska's brick industry, brownfield remediation
Karie Decker Acting Wildlife Division Administrator Nebraska Game & Parks Commission Research, analysis and inventory for parks, avian research projects
Paul Demers Project Manager R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates Historical archaeology, archaeology of borderlands, frontiers, military sites, emigrant trails
Anne Diffendal Consulting Archivist/Historian Independent historian Managment of cultural institutions, management for archivists, political sciences, American history
Joshua Doležal Professor, English Central College American literature, Willa Cather, sustainability
Joseph Dupris Attorney Oregon Environment, Native Americans
William E. Easterling Assistant Director for the Directorate for Geosciences National Science Foundation Climate change and agriculture, food supply
Kalenda Eaton Associate Professor, The Clara Luper Department of African & African American Studies University of Oklahoma Black American West, African American literature, Women’s Studies, Africana Studies
Walter Echo-Hawk Attorney and Historian, Pawnee Oklahoma Native American history and law, indigenous art and culture, environment
Aris Efting Lecturer, Biology College of Staten Island Aquatic ecology, climate change and water quality, freshwater quality
Mark Eifler Associate Professor, History University of Portland History, North American frontiers, American history, Ethnic Studies, Native American Studies
Margaret Emons University Librarian Nebraska Wesleyan Library, Great Plains history
Eric L. Ewing Executive Director; Adjunct Professor, Bellevue University Great Plains Black History Museum Regional history, education, management, leadership
Sue Fairbanks Associate Professor, Natural Resource Ecology and Management Oklahoma State University Wildlife Biology, wildlife and grassland interactions, behavioral ecology
Elizabeth Fenn Professor, History University of Colorado Boulder Early American West, Native American history, epidemic disease
Bernard Flaman Conservation Architect Public Works and Government Services Canada Architecture of Canada and Saskatchewan
Kent Fricke Small Game Coordinator Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Wildlife ecology
Jacob Friefeld Illinois and Midwest Studies Research Historian Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Public history, nineteenth-century studies, homesteading
Kirsten Furlong Lecturer and Director of the Blue Galleries, Department of Art, Design, and Visual Studies Boise State University Visual art, intersections of art and ecology
John Gaber Department Chair, City Planning and Real Estate Development Clemson University Urban planning, community economic development, social planning
Sharon Gaber Chancellor University of North Carolina-Charlotte Philosophy, city, community and regional planning, housing
Judi gaiashkibos Executive Director Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs Nebraska, Native Americans
John Gates Senior Vice President and Global Head of Product CropX Chemical/physical hydrogeology, aqueous geochemistry
Pamela Gossin Professor, Literature and History University of Texas-Dallas History of science, interdisciplinary literature and science studies
H. Roger Grant Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor, History Clemson University American railroad, transportation history
Andrew Graybill Professor, History; Director, Clements Center for Southwest Studies Southern Methodist University North American West history of expansion, borders, race, violence
Sara Gregg Associate Professor, History Indiana University-Bloomington Agricultural production and environmental change
Brian Gribben Coordinator, Government Documents and Special Collections – Forsyth Library Fort Hays State University German immigration, Populism, freethought
Ronald Griffin Professor, Law Florida A&M University International trade and sales, international law
Evelyn Harris Haller Professor, English; Chair, Fine Arts/Humanities Doane College Willa Cather, Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound
Pekka Hämäläinen Rhodes Professor of American History St. Catherine's College at University of Oxford Borderlands, Plains Indian trade, fur trade, Santa Fe Trail
John P. Hankey Historian and Cultural Resource Consultant Omaha, Neb. History of technology, American railroading
Karen Hansen Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Sociology Brandeis University Contemporary families, historical sociology, and the sociology of gender
Twyla Hansen Poet Lincoln, Neb. Poetry, sustainable agriculture, rural land use
James Hanson Historian, Editor Museum of the Fur Trade American history, trans-Mississippi west, western expansion, plains Indian anthropology
Ed Harvey Supervisory Hydrologist and Chief, NPS Water Resources Division National Park Service Hydrogeology, hydrology, water resource management and planning, national water policy
Dennis Hastings Founder, Director Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project, Inc. Genealogical research, Omaha language, religion, music
Cody Havard Professor, Sports and Leisure Commerce University of Memphis Rivalry, in-group bias, fan and consumer behavior
John Heaston Consultant Heaston Consulting Water management, Platte River, anthropology, conservation planning
Robert Hitchcock Professor, Geography Michigan State Unviersity Anthropology, human ecology of populations in arid and semi-arid ecosystems
Johnathan Hladik Policy Director Center for Rural Affairs Farm landscape, environmental policy, clean energy
Wyatt Hoback Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology Oklahoma State University Entomology, limnology, biology, plants and animals, conservation
Michel Hogue Associate Professor, History University of Carleton Metis, the fur trade, and first peoples of the Great Plains
Teresa Houser Founder and CEO Magdalene Omaha Great Plains history, sex trafficking and recovery programs
Craig Howe Director Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies Tribal history, museum exhibits
LeAnne Howe Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature, Department of English University of Georgia American Indian Literature, theater
Margaret Heuttl Program Director, Indigenous Studies University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Native American history, history of the American West
Philip Hull Director, Graduate & International Student Services University of Central Missouri Study abroad, exchange students, international programs
Douglas A. Hurt Assistant Teaching Professor, Geography; Director of Undergraduate Studies University of Missouri Cultural and historical geography, geography education, North America
R. Douglas Hurt Professor & Department Head, History Purdue University American agriculture, American West, Midwest history
Andrew Isenberg Hall Distinguished Professor of American History University of Kansas American West, environmental history, bison, Native/settler encounters
Thomas Isern Professor, History; University Distinguished Professor North Dakota State University North American plains history, history of agriculture
David Jachowski Associate Professor, Wildlife Ecology Clemson University Black-footed ferret, Great Plains animals
Mary Liz Jameson Associate Professor, Biology Wichita State University

Entomology, biodiversity, conservation, zoology

Matthew Jockers Senior Research Science Manager Apple Irish immigrants, place-based literature, digital humanities
Annika Johnson Associate Curator of Native American Art Joslyn Art Museum Native American arts and culture, institutional futures
David Johnson Professor, Sociology Penn State University Measurement techniques, structural equation models
Jeffrey A. Johnson Professor, History Providence College Radical labor, politics, and reform in the late 19th and early 20th century American West
Matthew Jones Native historian Lincoln, Neb. Native American studies, tales, beast fables, creation stories
Brennan Jordan Professor, Sustainability and Environment University of South Dakota Volcanology, geodiversity, tourism
Toby Jurovics Director Barry Lopez Foundation for Art & Environment 19th, 20th Century photography and art of the American West
Yasuhide Kawashima Professor, History University of Texas at El Paso American history, colonial history, history of the Far East
Martha Kennedy Independent historian Fairfax, Va. American cartooning history, caricature, illustration
Todd Kerstetter Professor, History & Geography Texas Christian University 19th- and 20th-Century Trans-Mississippi West, environmental history, Gilded Age/Progressive Era
Leo Killsback Associate Professor, Native American Studies, Northern Cheyenne Nation Montana State University Indigenous governance, traditional law, sovereignty, treaty rights
Jon Kilpinen Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Professor, Geography Valparaiso University American historical geography, Europe, political geography, GIS
Joni Kinsey Professor, Art & Art History University of Iowa Plains art, surveying of the American West, 18th through 20th Century American art
Amy Koch Highway Archeologist Nebraska State Historical Society Archaeology, Sandhills, paleoecology
Alan Kolok Professor and Director Idaho Water Resources Research Institute Water resources, citizen science, water, public health, environmental epidemiology
Nancy Tystad Koupal Director; Editor-in-Chief, Pioneer Girl Project South Dakota Historical Society Press American literature, South Dakota, Dakota women, children's literature
Lisi Krall Professor, Economics SUNY-Cortland Ecology, environmental policy, history
Dennis Kuhnel Director Hudson-Meng Bison Kill Research & Visitor Center Archaeology, Native American literature, environmental law
Gina Kunz Project Co-Director, Carolina Family Engagement Center University of South Carolina Licensed psychologist, children, youth, family, and school studies
Rebecca Lacome Steven Mather Training Department Harper Ferrys Center Biological diversity, natural history of the prairies, Mammoth Cave National Park, folklore
Renee Laegreid Professor, History University of Wyoming Western women's history, American West
Lori Ann Lahlum Professor and Graduate Coordinator, History Minnesota State University-Mankato American West, women's and gender history, and Norwegian America
Susan Lawrence Professor and Department Head, History University of Tennessee-Knoxville History of medicine
Jon Lauck Editor-in-Chief, Middle West Review; Adjunct Professor, History & Political Science University of South Dakota Farming, settlement, regional studies
Kenneth Leyton-Brown Associate Professor, History University of Regina Canadian legal history, Saskatchewan legal history
Brad Lookingbill Distinguished Professor, History Columbia College Missouri American military history, American Indian history
John Ludwickson Highway Archeologist Nebraska State Historical Society Prehistory and history of Plains and Midwestern Native Americans, archaeology, 19th Century military
Vicki Braglio Luther Founding Co-Director Heartland Center for Leadership Development Educational leadership, community development
Don Macke Senior Vice President e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems E2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Economics, economic development, environmental studies
Cheyenne Marco Lecturer, English University of South Dakota Creative writing, Great Plains literature
Jerome Martin Publisher Spotted Cow Press Visual arts, music, communications, western Canadian history
Leanne Martin Financial Professional Financial Architects Inc. Prairie restoration, plant species diversity, seed, ecology
Joseph Mason Professor & Department Chair, Geography University of Wisconsin-Madison Geomorphology, Quaternary geology, hillslope geomorphology
Doris Meredith Writer, Public Lecturer Amarillo, Texas Mystery literature, historical fiction, American West
Amber Mohr Former curator, Great Plains Art Museum Avoca, Iowa Great Plains art
Christie Maloyed Associate Professor, Political Science University of Louisiana at Lafayette Political theory
Kurt Mantonya Consulting Associate Heartland Center for Leadership Development Ethnographic and anthropological research
Ricardo Martinez Assistant Professor, Education Penn State Critical youth mathematics studies, participatory action research
Richard Mocarski Associate Vice President for Research, Office of Research San José State University Health disparities, community-based participatory research, stigma
Wynema Morris Adjunct Professor, Native American Studies, Omaha Tribe Nebraska Indian Community College Omaha Peoples, traditions of song, dance, social and political structures
Francis (and Maxine) Moul Reviewer, Author, Publisher Lincoln, Neb. International relations, Nebraska History, U.S. Indian Claims Commission
Keith Mueller Gerhard Hartman Professor & Department Head, Health Management and Policy; Director, RUPRI University of Iowa Rural healthcare policy, Affordable Care Act, American health policy
Alicia Mullarkey Director and Education Coordinator Driftless Area Wetlands Centre Nature preserves
David Murphy Senior Research Architect Nebraska State Historical Society History and theory of architecture and place
Robert Murphy Wildlife Biologist Eagle Environmental, Inc. Ecology, ornithology, prairie restoration, grassland bird habitat
Elaine Marie Nelson Assistant Professor, History; Executive Director, Western History Association University of Kansas North American West, Native American, gender history
David Nesheim Independent Scholar Chadron State College Great Plains, bison research
George Neubert Director Flatwater Folk Art Museum Modern art history, 20th Century sculpture, museum management, 19th/20th Century American art
Gerald Oetelaar Professor, Archaeology University of Calgary Archaeology of eastern woodlands, method and theory, settlement patterns, Northern Plains
Tyra Olstad Assistant Professor, Geography & Environmental Sustainability SUNY - Oneonta Environmental science, monitoring, and history
Suzanne Ortega President Council of Graduate Schools Social gerontology, social psychology, adult socialization, reference group therapy
Bianca Ott Andrade Post-Doctoral Fellow, Botany Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul Grassland ecology and management
Paula Palmer Co-Director Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples, Friends Peace Teams Education and advocacy for Indigenous peoples' rights, racial and environmental justice
Tapan Pathak Specialist in Climate Adaptation in Agriculture University of California, Merced Climate variability, climate change science
James Parham Aquatic Biologist & Hydrologist; Director of Research & Development Trutta Environmental Solutions Hawaiian streams and habitats, habitat use, streamfishes, fisheries, Platte River
Keith Parker Professor, Sociology University of Georgia Educational aspirations, social and applied demography, social movements, social stratification
Don Perkins Lecturer, English University of Alberta Canadian drama, Native literatures, and popular culture, Canadian theatre history, trickster stories and literature
Alisa Plant Director Louisiana State University Press History scholarship and literature
Debra Ponec Professor, Education Creighton University Guidance & counseling curriculum, relationships within school communities, immigrant students
Charlene Porsild President/CEO The Montana History Foundation North American West, Canadian Studies, Klondike Gold Rush, gender history
Joseph Porter Curator section chief North Carolina Museum of History American history, Western U.S. history and art, Native American history, Plains Indian art
Steve Potts Instructor, History and Political Science Minnesota North College-Hibbing Humanities, 20th Century U.S., Native America, American frontier, East Asia, anthropology
Cynthia Prescott Professor and Department Chair, History and American Indian Studies University of North Dakota Gender in the American West, material culture, historical memory
Byron Price Director, University of Oklahoma Press; Director, Charles M. Russell Center; Charles Marion Russell Chair, Art History University of Oklahoma Art of the American West
M-L Quinn Research Affiliated Faculty, History & Philosophy Montana State University Water resources/law, climate change, environmental history
Ronald Ramsay Associate Professor, Architecture North Dakota State University Landscape architecture, architectural history and design, historic preservation
Richard Reading Vice President, Science and Conservation; Adjunct Professor, Biology at University of Denver Butterfly Pavilion Grasslands, Great Plains, Mongolia, Kalahari, Altiplano, conservation biology
Lavona Reeves Professor, English Eastern Washington University Linguistics, composition, rhetoric, English as a second language
Akim Reinhardt Professor, History Towson University Native American history, Plains history, and regional political developments
Brenden Rensink Associate Professor, History; Associate Director, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Brigham Young University North American West, Indigenous peoples, transnational borderlands
Sarah Rowe Visual and performance artist Enrolled member of Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Lakota Nation Mixed media visual arts, community programming, and healing arts collaboration
Bradley Rundquist Dean, Dean's Office A&S; Professor, Geography University of North Dakota Remote sensing, GIS, prairie ecosystems
Leland Russell Associate Professor, Biological Sciences Wichita State University Plant population ecology, plant-herbivore interactions, savanna dynamics and restoration
Julie Savidge Professor, Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Colorado State University Forestry, fisheries, wildlife zoology and ecology, wildland resources
Kate Schneider Artist Canada Photographed the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline for the exhibition "We, the Heartland"
Connie Schomburg Independent scholar Fremont, Neb. English, ethnic literature, journalism, African-American literature
James Scott Herman Brown Chair & Professor, political science Texas Christian University International relations, foreign-policy analysis, U.S. foreign policy making, Great Plains interaction with a global world
Melynda Seaton Curator of Photography History Colorado Art of the American West, photography
Douglas Seefeldt Associate Professor, History Clemson University American West, environmental history, public history, digital, 19th and 20th Century U.S.
Jacob Sherman Reference Librarian University of Texas at San Antonio Oral history, people, politics
James Sherow Professor, History Kansas State University Environmental history, Konza Prairie, American history
Janet Smith Art Consultant Omaha, Neb. Art appraisal, art history, 19th to 20th Century women artists
Shirley Sneve Executive Director of Native American Public Telecommunications Americans for the Arts Native American film
Lawrence J and Barbara Sommer Historian Duluth Archaeology Center Historic preservation, architecture, mining, museum administration
Allen Steuter Owner Sandhill and Sun Ranch Fire ecology, grazing and range science, wildlife, ecosystem structure
Allyson Stevenson Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies and Gabriel Dumont Chair in Métis Studies University of Saskatchewan Métis history, indigenous child welfare history, gender and indigenous women’s political organizing
Kristine Sudbeck Academic Dean Nebraska Indian Community College Native American history
Wynne Summers Associate Professor, English Southern Utah University Native American literature and Studies, Ethnic literature, Western American literature
Orlan Svingen Professor, History Washington State University American West, Indian-white relations, modern East Asia, North Cheyenne Indian Reservation
Amy Swoboda Lawyer Nebraska Ecology, water resources law
Baligh Ben Taleb ACLS  Postdoctoral  Fellow in Race,  Ethnicity,  &  Indigeneity, Institute for Research in the Humanities University of Wisconsin-Madison American Indian & Indigenous history, race, ethnicity, and Indigeneity, settler colonialism, decolonization, transitional justice
Robert Thacker Dana Professor of English and Chair of Canadian Studies St. Lawrence University English, Canadian and Western literature, landscape in literature
Harry Thompson Executive Director, Center for Western Studies Augustana University New West, poststructuralism/theory, South Dakota, Great Plains authors
Vetta Sanders Thompson Professor, Social Work Washington University, St. Louis Cultural competence, racial identity, disparities in health and mental health services
Stephen Torbit Assistant Regional Director, Science Mountain-Prairie Region, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Wildlife ecology, ruminant nutritional physiology
Steven Trout Professor, English University of Alabama Literary modernism, war literature, and American cultural studies
Tracy Sanford Tucker Director of Collections & Curation The Willa Cather Foundation Native Americans in Cather novels, Plains literature, prairie programming
Jinny Turman Associate Professor, History University of Virginia's College at Wise Public history, Buffalo County, Kearney history, historic preservation
Simon Tye Biology University of Arkansas Natural history of Great Plains organisms, ecological catastrophes
Edward Valandra Founder Community for the Advancement of Native Studies Native and cultural studies, Lakota-Euroamerican relations
Carroll Van West Director, Center for Historic Preservation Middle Tennessee State University 19th/20th Century Southern and Western culture, architecture
Mary Ann Vinton Associate Professor, Biology Creighton University Plant, ecosystem and grassland ecology, invasive plants
Matthew Wagner Director, Freedom to Roam project, Northern Great Plains World Wildlife Fund Environmental law, sustainable development law
Ernie Walker Professor, Archaeology & Anthropology University of Saskatchewan Paleopathology; forensic anthropology, human evolutionary studies
Milan Wall Co-Director Heartland Center for Leadership Development Community development
Randi Warne Professor, Religious Studies Mount Saint Vincent University Religion, culture, 19th/20th Century North American culture
Robert Watrel Associate Professor, Department Head, Geography South Dakota State University Human geography, political geography, cartography
Jeff Wells Associate Professor, History Dickinson State University Gilded Age, Progressive Era, digital history, populism
Gwen Westerman Artist and Professor, English Minnesota State University in Mankato Native American literature and art
Andy Wilkinson Folksinger, writer Lubbock, Texas Great Plains people and history, folklore
Cory Willard Writing and Learning Strategist, Student Learning Services Mount Royal University Ecocriticism, Place Studies, Literature of the West
Richard Williams Oglala Lakota/Cheyenne Leader People of the Sacred Land Federal Indian Policies, Treaties, American Indian History (Plains specific)
Rebecca Wingo Director of Public History, Assistant Professor University of Cincinnati Indigenous history, homesteading, housing, digital history
Stephen Witte Associate Editor South Dakota State Historical Society Press Buffalo Bill, Prince Maximilian
Carly Woods Associate Professor, Communication Studies University of Maryland Gender and communications, social change, diverse voices