Bonnie Lynn-Sherow

Associate Professor

Bonnie Lynn-SherowOffice: 109 Leasure Hall
Phone: (785) 532-0778

Professor Lynn-Sherow specializes in the environmental and agricultural history of North America. Her book, Red Earth: Race and Agriculture in Oklahoma Territory, 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 book project, 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 with the tacit approval of at least one faction of the Lakota nation at Pine Ridge. Future projects include a biography of a Southern Cheyenne family in the twentieth century and a history of modern agro-business.

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 serves on the board of the Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Secondary Major at KSU and is a founding faculty member of KSU's Institute for Civil Discourse and Democracy. She is an acquisitions editor for the University of Utah Press and serves on the selection committee for the Wallace Stegner Prize in Western History. She received a Canadian Consulate Professional Enhancement Grant in 2007 for travel to gather materials for her class in Canadian History, a central feature of the new Canadian Studies Program at KSU. Lynn-Sherow is active in several national societies and serves on the boards of the Kansas Association of Historians and of the Agricultural History Society. She has been the city-appointed historian to Manhattan's Historic Resources Board since 2001. Professor Lynn-Sherow received her PhD in American History from Northwestern University in 1998 and an MA from Purdue University in 1992.

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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