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Department of History

Bonnie Lynn-Sherow

Associate Professor

Office: 109 Leasure Hall

Lynn-SherowBonnie Lynn-Sherow is an Associate Professor of American History and the Director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies- the only undergraduate research lab in the Humanities and Social Sciences at K-State. Dr. Lynn-Sherow researches and teaches the environmental and agricultural history of North America with particular emphasis on North American Indians and minorities.. She is the author of Red Earth: Race and Agriculture in Oklahoma Territory (Lawrence;  University Press of Kansas, 2004) which traces the different ways in which Euro-American, African-American, and Kiowa communities shaped the agricultural ecology of Oklahoma Territory in the decades before statehood.  Lynn-Sherow has published numerous essays and book chapters in Agricultural and Environmental History and on the history of the 1862 Land Grant system.  In 2013 she was commissioned by the United States Senate Historian to co-author an essay on the 1862 Morrill Land Grant Act in commemoration of President Abraham Lincoln which was included in a portfolio of commissioned essays in celebration of the inauguration of President Barack Obama.  Her current project titled Indian in a Bottle, is a study of early-twentieth-century Americans' fascination with the Indian "Medicine Man" and how Indians' symbolic relationship to "nature" was used to peddle patent medicines.  Future projects include a biography of a Southern Cheyenne family in the twentieth century.  

Professor Lynn-Sherow teaches North American Environmental History, North American Agricultural History, North American Indian History, History of Canada, Public History, Historic Preservation and graduate seminars in several research fields. She is also the director of internships for the Department of History. In the Spring 2014 she launched a new course with Professor and food critic Jane Marshall of Human Ecology titled "Food in America".  She is currently major advisor to three PhD students in History.

Professor Lynn-Sherow served for several years on the board of the Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Secondary Major at KSU.  In 2007, Lynn-Sherow received a Canadian Consulate Professional Enhancement Grant for travel across Canada to gather materials for her class in Canadian History.  In 2009, Lynn-Sherow was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Award that launched the Chapman Center's Lost Town Digital Archive (www.ksu.edu/history/chapman).  Other successful grants include a Center for Engagement and Community Development award, a Digital Project grant from Brunswick Corporation (2011 and 2013) and a Digital History grant (Chronicling Kansas Cooperatives) from CHS Corporation in partnership with KSU's Department of Agricultural Economics' Arthur Capper Center (2013).  Lynn-Sherow is active in several national societies and has served on the boards of the Kansas Association of Historians, the journal Kansas History:  Journal of the Central Plains and the Agricultural History Society and was the city-appointed historian to Manhattan's Historic Resources Board fro 2000-2009.  She is also a member of the Editorial Board for the University Press of Kansas.  Professor Lynn-Sherow received her PhD in American History from Northwestern University in 1998, an MA from Purdue University in 1992 and her undergraduate degree in Canadian History from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada.

With Jim Sherow, Lynn-Sherow has restored five historic homes in Manhattan, written and consulted on a score of national register nominations and on numerous historic preservation projects.  Active in local and national politics, she is the parent of four daughters and caretaker of two horses, two dogs and approximately six hens.