Anthony F. Arrigo is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Dr. Arrigo graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication. Winner of the 2012 Provost’s award for teaching with technology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and the 2008 James I. Brown Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Minnesota, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetorical theory, visual rhetoric, cultural studies, and environmental literature & communications. He is also the author of the book Imaging Hoover Dam: The Making of a Cultural Icon (2014). He is currently working on a new book on the photography of Winthrop A. Davis.
Michael Green is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Green earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and teaches history courses on nineteenth-century America, and on Nevada and Las Vegas for UNLV’s Honors College. Winner of the American Historical Association’s 2013 Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award, he is the author or co-author of eight books, including Nevada: A History of the Silver State (2015). From 2007-2011 he was the co-director of a $1.998 million U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grant, “Inside American History,” for the Clark County, Nevada School District. He edits the Wilbur S. Shepperson Series on Nevada History for the University of Nevada Press and served as editor of the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly from 2004 to 2012.
Scholars and Lecturers (in alphabetical order)
William Bauer is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Bauer received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Bauer teaches classes on California Indian, American Indian, and American West history and is UNLV’s faculty liaison to the Newberry Library’s Consortium on American Indian Studies. Dr. Bauer is the author of “We Were All Like Migrant Workers Here”: Work, Community and Memory on California’s Round Valley Reservation, 1850-1941 (2009).
DeAnna Beachley is a Professor of History and Women’s Studies at the College of Southern Nevada. Dr. Beachley received her Ph.D. in History from Northern Arizona University. She is lead faculty for Women’s Studies and co-director of a Teaching American History grant with CCSD. She teaches American history, and the history of the American Women’s Movement.
Su Kim Chung is the Head of Public Services, Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she is responsible for reference, outreach, and instruction. She received her Ph.D. and MLIS in Information Studies from UCLA and Masters in History from California State University, Fresno. The McPhee Librarian of the Year in 2007 and 2014, Chung has also worked as a corporate archivist for Toyota and as manuscript librarian for UNLV’s Special Collections. She has also published research on Las Vegas, and the history of cultural heritage institutions in Nevada.
Sally Denton a native of Boulder City, independent scholar, investigative reporter, and the Director of Literary Nonfiction and Community Relations at Black Mountain Institute. She is the author of nine books including The Money and the Power, American Massacre, The Bluegrass Conspiracy. and her latest, The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World (2016).
Karen Harry is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Harry specializes in the archaeology of the North American Southwest. She has conducted ongoing field research on the Grand Canyon National Monument of Northern Arizona and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area of both northern Arizona and Southern Nevada. Professor Harry has obtained more than $1.6 million in external funding, and authored or co-authored two books and regularly publishes in peer-reviewed books and journals.
Greg Hise is a Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Hise received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of Magnetic Los Angeles: Planning the Twentieth-Century Metropolis (1997). He also co-authored Eden by Design: The 1930 Olmsted-Bartholomew Plan for the Los Angeles Region (2000) with William Deverell with whom he also co-edited Land of Sunshine: An Environmental History of Los Angeles (2005), and A Companion to Los Angeles (2010).
Donald C. Jackson is the Cornelia f. Hugel Professor of History at Layfayette College. He is a noted historian of water resources, and the author of five books and numerous scholarly articles on the history of engineering and dams including Heavy Ground: William Mulholland and the St. Francis Dam Disaster (2015), Pastoral and Monumental: Dams, Postcards and the Amrican Landscape (2013), Big Dams of the New Deal Era: A Confluence of Engineering and Politics (2006), and Building the Ultimate Dam: John S. Eastwood and the Control of Water in the West (1995).
Andrew Kirk is a Professor of Environmental History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Kirk is the author of numerous scholarly articles and five books including Counterculture Green: The Whole Earth Catalog and American Environmentalism (2011) and Reading American Horizons: Primary Documents in American History with Michael Schaller, et al. (2013).
John W. Shields is an Agricultural Engineer within the Water Accounting and Verification Group at the Boulder Canyon Operations Office (BCOO) of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Boulder City, NV, which is charged with the delivery of Colorado River water and power supplies along the last 688 miles of the Colorado River within the United States. Before this, he worked for over 30 years in Cheyenne, WY, as Interstate Streams Engineer for the State Engineer’s Office. He is also a freelance researcher and writer and was selected as a 2007, 2009 and 2011 recipient of Wyoming State Historical Society (WSHS) Lola Homsher Endowment Fund Wyoming Historical Research Project Grants.
Michelle Follette Turk is a historian of occupational health and the state of Nevada. Her book, A History of Occupational Health and Safety: From 1905 to the Present, examines work, hazards, and safety programs in southern Nevada from early building of the railroad through dam construction, chemical manufacturing during World War II, nuclear testing, and resort industry employment. She has authored scholarly articles on health, safety, and labor at the Hoover Dam, and is a lecturer on Las Vegas medical history and Hoover Dam labor history. Michelle earned her doctorate in the history of the twentieth century American West with specialties in public history from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She teaches history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Claytee White is the Director of the Oral History Research Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She received her Masters in American History from UNLV, and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in African-American History with a dissertation titled “’Eight Dollars a Day and Workin’ in the Shade:’ The History of African-Americans in Las Vegas 1905-1960.” As one of five founders of the Las Vegas Black Historical Society Inc., she chronicles the history of the Las Vegas black community that was established in 1905. White currently serves on the Board of Women of Diversity, and the Historic Preservation Commission. White has also served on the Historic Preservation Commission for the city of Las Vegas, Nevada Humanities executive board, and is the past president of the Southwest Oral History Association.
Richard Guy Wilson holds the Commonwealth Professor’s Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia. Dr. Wilson received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He has been a visiting fellow at Cambridge University in England, a Guggenheim fellow, and an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has served as an advisor and commentator for a number of television programs on PBS and A&E, as well as for 67 segments of the television show America’s Castles. Wilson has been the curator for several major museum exhibitions and is the author of 16 books on architecture.
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