Chapman Center Faculty & Staff

Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, Director

Dr. Bonnie Lynn-Sherow
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. 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.

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.


Allie Lousch, Senior Administrative Assistant

Allie Lousch

Allie Lousch, our Office Manager, is a K-State alumna who recently returned to the Flint Hills after a few years with an international humanitarian organization based in North Georgia. Prior to leaving Manhattan, she facilitated area research, education, conservation, and civil/cultural initiatives. Working alongside the Chapman Center for Rural Studies is a new way for her to invest in and cultivate engaged and educated communities. You'll find Allie among friends/family, running, swimming, in the thick of adventures, on the Konza, and around a wide table full of conversation and good stories


Kelly Dyer, Digital Humanities Graduate Teaching Assistant

Kelly DyerKelly Dyer is in his second year in the Security Studies Masters program. He is also working on a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration. Kelly earned his BA in History from Truman State University in 2013. His Master's work is focused on counterinsurgency strategies in Afghanistan and understanding the emergence of the insider attack phenomenon in 2012. Kelly has published work on Afghanistan in The Apprentice Historian, an undergraduate research journal at Truman State. Kelly hopes to work in intelligence analysis and Afghan security policy analysis after graduating. Outside academia, Kelly is involved in Cru, a campus ministry at K-State, as a member of the Executive Team and student leader. He also enjoys backpacking, being in the wilderness, and playing ultimate frisbee.


Office Assistant

Hayley TaylorHayley Taylor 

Hayley Taylor is a senior in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy.  After graduating, she plans on attending physical therapy school.  Accordingly, she aspires to become a physical therapist in order to directly improve the lives of the people with whom she interacts.  Even with her busy Kinesiology schedule, she studied in Italy for the Spring semester of her junior year where she learned about Italian art history and the local cuisine.  She also has a love of all things music, especially singing, reading, and drawing.

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.




Haley Claxton

Haley ClaxtonHaley Claxton is a senior History major and English minor. Haley hopes for a future law career that includes following in the footsteps of Indiana Jones (but in a business suit) to ensure historical artifacts can be acquired by museums so they can be more easily shared with the public. Along with reading and studying immense piles of books on presidential assassinations and public memory of historical events, Haley spends time as a member of the KSU Mock Trial Team, Arts and Sciences Ambassadors, and Mortar Board Senior Honorary.Haley can't wait to get started on a new and exciting internship with the Chapman Center!

Jessica Hermesch 

Jessica Hersmesch

Jessica Hermesch is a junior in public relations with a minor in history and is returning for a second semester as a Chapman Center Intern. This fall, Hermesch is researching the Underground Railroad through Nemaha County, Kansas. She is also researching the life and military involvement of George Adams Sr., a WWI veteran with multiple descendents who have been involved in both K-State and the US military. Jessica is a member of the K-State chapter of PRSSA, and the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications Ambassadors. She also works as a Tutor Coordinator in K-State’s Writing Center. After graduation, Jessica hopes to work in the public relations field, preferable in event planning.

Michael Spachek

Michael SpachekMichael Spachek is a junior majoring in history. He grew up interested in history specifically the first hundred years of the United States centered on the Revolutionary and Civil War eras and World War II. Michael’s interest in the Civil War took off in high school when he visited Gettysburg and Fords Theater in Washington D.C.

Michael is in his first semester as a history major since switching from wildlife biology after taking a course on African American Kansas and being accepted as an intern at the Chapman Center. His research uses his experience with maps, topography, and historic map interpretation. After graduating Michael hopes to go to graduate school for public history and work at a historic site educating the public as well as maintaining and researching public history.

Blake Latchman

Blake LatchmanBlake Latchman, from Chicago, IL, will graduate this May with a BA in History. Blake is currently seeking full time employment after graduation, but with no concrete plans, he is excited to find out where he will land. Blake intends to study urban planning in graduate school, and hopes to become a city planner. Blake has a passion for food, travel, design, and fashion.

 Group Staff

Our 2014-2015 student staff. Front (left to right): Haley and Jessica
Back: Michael, Kelly, Hayley, and Blake

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