Chapman Center Faculty & Staff

Bonnie Lynn-Sherow Director

Bonnie Lynn-SherowDr. Lynn-Sherow was awarded her PhD in American history from Northwestern University in 1998 and is currently an associate professor and Director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University.

Her book, Red Earth: Race and Agriculture in Oklahoma Territory was published by the University of Kansas Press in 2004. Professor Lynn-Sherow has published extensively in North American agricultural history, North American Indian history and environmental history.

Professor Lynn-Sherow serves on the Editorial Review Board of the University Press of Kansas and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Flint Hills Discovery Center.


M.J. Morgan Research Director

MJ MorganDr. Morgan, pictured on the left, received her MFA in writing and publishing from the University of Alaska and a Ph.D. in American history from University of Cincinnati. She has written and published two books Land of Big Rivers: French and Indian Illinois, 1699 - 1778 Southern Illinois University Press 2010 and Broughton Kansas - Portrait of a Lost Town 1869 - 1966, University Press, 2010.

Since 2005, she has directed The Broughton Project at KSU and guided the creation of a written history that included student work in cartography, photography, oral history and the acquisition of local and regional historical materials.

Dr. Morgan has presented her work to the Kansas Museum Association in 2006 and at the Kansas Conference for the Social Studies in 2007. She taught research methodology to Kansas teachers through NEH's Teaching American History program in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Her most recent presentation focused on teaching history to visual learners through images.


Amanda Dempster Senior Administrative Assistant

Amanda DempsterAmanda Dempster, pictured with her husband, recently graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in both History and Sociology. Her capstone research paper, "The struggle for past glories: Pope Pius XI‟s use of terminology to combat anti-clericalism," was accepted into K-Rex (The K-State Research Exchange) the University’s digital "institutional repository" of Faculty/Graduate Student scholarly research.

Because of her interest in History, the Chapman Center for Rural Studies was a natural place to gravitate toward. She is new to the Chapman Center office and is excited to be a part of such unique research.

Originally from New Jersey, but having grown up in Marysville, KS, Amanda got married only a week after her graduation and now lives in Manhattan with her husband and their two dogs, a Siberian Husky and a Black Labrador. 


Office Assistants


Joshua PeifferJoshua Peiffer 

Joshua Peiffer is currently a senior, majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. He enjoys running, golfing, and he rowed on the K-State Men’s Crew Club for his first two years in college. A self-accepted history nerd, he also loves reading about politics and history. His favorite time period is the Napoleonic Wars but, as a native of Wichita, he is also interested in the 19th century history of Kansas. After he graduates this May, 2014, he plans on working in Governmental Affairs in the private sector but for now, will take life as it comes.

Brianna Chatmon 

Brianna Chatmon is a sophomore at Kansas State University. She is currently double majoring in Sociology and Social Work with a minor in American Ethics. She is an involved campus leader with a heart of service. When she is not busy with academics she always finds a way to reach back into the community and help others. Brianna is a Kansas City native, but plans on working in small/rural towns to alleviate poverty and unequal access to education, health care, and healthy food. Her unique interest in working with small/rural towns makes her a great addition the Chapman Center.

Our office assistants often work long hours, and facilitate a smooth running Chapman Center to everyone's delight. Joshua and Brianna help hold the Chapman Center together and we thank them for their diligent work.


Brunswick Research Staff

Katie Goerl Graduate Researcher

Katie GoerlKatie Goerl a second-year graduate student, pursuing her Master of Arts in History. She completed her undergraduate career at Kansas State University, earning a Bachelors Degree in Women's Studies with a background in gender history and a particular interest in diaries. She worked as an undergraduate Chapman Center intern in Fall 2011 and completed a study of one-room female schoolteachers in Wabaunsee and Pottawatomie Counties entitled, "School Mother: The Female, One-Room Schoolteacher in Wabaunsee and Pottawatomie Counties, Kansas." Katie is excited to be a part of another research project for the Center. In her free time Katie loves to cook and hang out with her cat at her home in Manhattan, KS. 


Ryan Bach Graduate Research Assistant

Ryan PortraitRyan Bach is a second-year graduate student, pursuing a Master of Arts in History. His position is to assist Katie Goerl in this year's Brunswick Research Project. Ryan is new to the Chapman Center for Rural Studies but he seems to fit right in. His interest in working at the Center stems from his overall love of nineteenth century American history and he is excited for the opportunity to dig further and focus on Kansas. Originally from California where he completed his undergraduate degree at California State University in Sacramento, Ryan now lives in Manhattan while working toward his Masters Degree. When he isn't at the Center Ryan spends his times researching Union Soldiers' votes in the critical election of 1864 as well as playing with his hound, Winston.


Griffin Page 

Griffin PageGriffin Page is a senior at Kansas State and will graduate in May (assuming he passes everything) with a degree in history. He does not know what career path he will take upon graduation, “but many people have told him he has a face for radio.” Griffin first attended K-State in fall 2008, but through four years could not find the right major so he took a hiatus from school and worked in landscaping. He returned to Manhattan in Fall 2013 and he “settled (wisely) on a degree in history.” He chose history because history courses have always been his favorite classes at K-State, and he has always had an appreciation and interest in people of the past. Besides being a student, Griffin is a “Big” in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program where he has been matched with Alex for over four years. At home Griffin enjoys doing yard work for several retirees in the area, having “Cocktail hour” at his grandparents’ house, and spending time with his lovely mother and younger brother Cooper (a junior at Oklahoma State). He is honored to be a part of the Chapman Center as an intern, and could not think of a better way to end his career at Kansas State

Jessica Hermesch 

Jessica Hersmesch

Jessica Hermesch is a sophomore majoring in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations at Kansas State University. Growing up in rural Kansas, Jessica has always been interested in the small towns of the state, as well as the people who live there. Planning to minor in History, Jessica hopes to gain experience in rural studies research and also public relations through her internship by promoting the Chapman Center. Jessica is a member of PowercatPR, the K-State chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, and also works as a Tutor Coordinator in K-State’s Writing Center. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys reading, photography, scrapbooking, and Pinterest. After graduation, Jessica hopes to work in the public relations field, preferably in event planning.

Matthew Cantril

Matthew CantrilMatthew Cantril, pictured with his sister, is a sophomore at Kansas State University and currently enrolled in the Open Option program. Matt has said that being one of the interns for the Chapman Center for Rural Studies this year has helped him form interests in different areas and may help him decide which major to pursue in the future. Right now he is trying to decide between History and Geography, both of which his research at the Center depends heavily upon. He went to high school at Shawnee Mission East in Kansas City, KS, about a mile away from the Kansas/Missouri border. Matt is involved in a ministry program in Manhattan called Ichthus, which is a partner of the Kansas City branch in his hometown. Matt also loves Basketball. His self-imposed title is a Basketball "fiend" as he watches as much of it as he can, and he can almost always be found at the K-State Recreational Center on campus playing on the new courts. Matt lives with his parents in Kansas City during academic breaks and holidays where he grew up with his sister. She also went to, and graduated from, Kansas State University. Matt's sister is now a teacher living in South Africa and just recently got married in September.

Matthew Leverich

Matthew LeverichMatthew Leverich is a senior in Computer Science at Kansas State University. This is his first internship at the Chapman Center for Rural Studies and it seems a pretty good fit for Matt. In his 21 years he's always been fascinated with visiting little towns in Kansas and has been fortunate enough to have visited over 200 of the 9,000 towns that are located in the state. Matt prides himself on being able to name obscure Kansas towns that other people have not even heard of. He's enjoyed traveling around the state with his family and his cubicle in the Research Room has several pictures posted of himself with his little brother in Kansas ruins and other areas they've visited together.


Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains Editorial Staff

Managing Editor Dr. James Sherow

Consulting Editor Dr. Virgil Dean

Associate Editor Dr. Suzanne Orr

Book Review Editor Dr. Derek Hoff

Graduate Editorial Assistant Tim Gresham