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Faculty and Staff

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Paisley Rekdal
Paisley Rekdal is the author of four books of nonfiction, and seven books of poetry, including Nightingale, Appropriate: A Provocation, and, most recently, West: A Translation. She is the editor and creator of the digital archive projects West, Mapping Literary Utah, and Mapping Salt Lake City. Her work has received the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes, the Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and various state arts council awards. The former Utah poet laureate, she teaches at the University of Utah where she is a distinguished professor.
Administrative Officer
Michelle Judd
John Flynn Assistant Director
John Flynn 
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History
Subject area: Environmental History in the American West


Affiliated Faculty

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Patricia Albers
Professor of Anthropology, Emerita
Ph.D. University of Madison-Wisconsin
Subject area: Native American History, women in the American West

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Elizabeth Archleta
Associate Chair, Ethnic Stuies
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Subject area: First generaton and historically underrepresented students in high education

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Maile Arvin
Associate Professor of History & Gender Studies
Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
Subject area: Pacific Island Studies

Matthew L. Basso
Former AWC Director, Associate Professor, History
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
Subject area: Gender Studies, Military History

Edward Bateman
Associate Professor, Art & Art History
MFA University of Utah
Subject area: Digital imaging, 3D modeling in photography
Cynthia Benally
Associate Professor, Education, Culture & Society
Ed.D. Arizona State University
Subject area: Edcucation policies, curriculum, and instruction of Native peoples and nations
Brett Clark
Professor, Environmental Humanities Graduate Program
Ph.D. University of Oregon
Subject area: Policital economy of global environmental change
Elizabeth Clement
Associate Professor, History
Subject area: Gender Studies, History of HIV in Utah
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Director, Environmental Humanities Graduate Program
Ph.D. University of Washington
Subject area: Environmental Studies, Indigenous American Rhetoric
Marie Sarita Gaytan
Associate Professor, Gender Studies & Sociology
Ph.D. UC Santa Cruz
Subject area: Gender, Race & Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies
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Associate Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D. UC Davis
Subject area: Museum curation, Anthropology, Ethnography
Ed. A. Munoz
Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Subject area: Latinx experience in the Midwest & Inter-Rocky Mountain Regions
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Chair, Film & Media Arts Department
Ph.D. University of Exeter
Subject area: American cinema, history & culture
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Wanda Pillow
Professor, Gender Studies
Ph.D. Ohio State University
Subject area: Feminist research methods, advanced feminist theory
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Professor of History, Simmons Chair of Mormon Studies
Ph.D. University of Utah
Subject area: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint history
Greg Smoak Gregory E. Smoak
Former AWC Director
Ph.D. University of Utah
Subject area: Native and environmental history of the American West, public lands policy
Kehaulani Natsuko Vaughn
Assistant Professor, Education, Culture & Society
Ph.D. UC Riverside
Subject area: Pacific Island History, Native American Studies
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Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
Ph.D. Yale University
Subject area: How climate change affects pathogen transmission and epidemiological dynamics in the American West
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Jefferson B. & Rita E. Fordham Presidential Dean, Professor of Law
J.D. Law, University of Michigan Law School
Subject area: Environmental & Native American Law
Kilo Zamora
Lecturer, Gender Studies
M.S. University of Utah
Subject area: Gender Studies, Policies that protect marginalized people


Current Staff

Tori Fairbanks
Oral History transcriber, Social Media Specialist
M.S. American Studies, Utah State University
Subject area: National Park Service, Black History in the American West, Intermountain Indian School

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Program Assistant, Utah Humanities
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History
Subject area: History of the American West
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Nicholas Backman
Research Associate, National Park Service Trails Project 
Ph.D. Student, Department of History
Subject area: Native American History, Environmental History

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Research Fellow, American West Center and Spencer S. Eccles Health Science Library
M.A. Student, Department of History
Subject area: American West history in the 19th and 20th centuries
Kayla Kidd
American West Center Intern





































Last Updated: 12/29/23