Bonnie Lynn-Sherow

Associate Professor

Bonnie Lynn-SherowOffice: 109 Leasure Hall

Bonnie 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 American. She is the author of Red Earth: Race and Agriculture in Oklahoma Territory, 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. Her current project, titled Indian in a Bottle, is a study of early twentieth-century Americans' fascination with the Indian "Medicine Man" and of 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 and history of modern agro-business.

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- Food in America.

Professor Lynn-Sherow serves on the board of the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation and served several years on the board of the Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Secondary Major at KSU. In 2009, Lynn-Sherow was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Award. Other grants include a CECD award, a Digital Project grant from Brunswick Corporation (2011 and 2013) and a Digital History grant from CHS Corporation in partnership with Agricultural Economics (2013). Lynn-Sherow received a Canadian Consulate Professional Enhancement Grant in 2007 to travel across Canada to gather materials for her class in Canadian History. She is active in several national societies and has served on the boards of the Kansas Association of Historians and the Agricultural History Society. She was the city-appointed historian to Manhattan's Historic Resources Board from 2000-2009. 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.

Together with her husband, Lynn-Sherow has renovated and restored numerous historic houses in Manhattan, written or directed more than a dozen national register nominations and consults on historic preservation projects. Active in local and national politics, she is the parent of four daughters and caretaker of two horses, three dogs and approximately (more or less) eight layer hens.

Select Publications & Presentations

Red Earth: Race and Agriculture in Oklahoma Territory (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas) 2004.

"Three visions for Agriculture," Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting, Cambridge Massachusetts, June 2006.

"The Colours of Earth, Skin and Sky: Agro-Ecological Diversity in Oklahoma Territory" Race in the West Conference, The Huntington Library, sponsored by the William French Smith Endowment and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, September 2005.

"Maggot Creek and Other Tales: Kiowas and Water in the Southwest" in Fluid Arguments, Char Miller, editor (University of Arizona Press, 2001), 65-77.

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