Chapman Center Faculty & Staff
Bonnie Lynn-Sherow Director
Dr. 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
Dr. 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 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.
Hayley Taylor is currently a junior in Kinesiology and Pre-Physical Therapy at Kansas State University. She hopes to move on to Physical Therapy School somewhere close to home after she graduates from K-State next year. Hayley is new to the Chapman Center but she is enjoying working here so far and she is “having fun learning a little bit more about the Center and its mission.”
Our office assistants often work long hours, and facilitate a smooth running Chapman Center to everyone's delight. Hayley helps hold the Chapman Center together and we thank her for her diligent work.
Brunswick Research Staff
Katie Goerl Graduate Researcher
Katie 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 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.
Billie Chesney CHS Intern
Rebecca Hall CHS Intern
Rebecca S. Hall a native of Centerville, Indiana and has attended Kansas State University since the fall of 2008. Initially Hall began her time at K-State as a student in the College of Business but wisely decided to change her major in the fall of 2011. In the spring of 2013, she applied for the Cenex Harvest States Internship History opening; she was awarded the opening and worked alongside Ag-Econ major, Billie J. Chesney chronicling the farmer's cooperatives throughout the state of Kansas. Rebecca has previously lived in Okinawa, Germany and Maryland before finally settling in Kansas with her husband Cameron, their hyper corgi mix dog Ivan, and persistent trouble making cat Ms. G. Upon hopeful graduation in the fall of 2013, Rebecca plans to continue her education in history by pursuing a Masters of Library Science degree.
Matthew 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 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.