Leisl Carr Childers
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- Assistant Professor
- Public and Digital History
- American West
- Public Lands
- Ph.D. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- M.A. Pepperdine University
- B.A. Pepperdine University
Dr. Carr Childers’s research focuses on the American West, specifically the environmental history and management of the region’s public lands. Her first book, The Size of the Risk: Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015), won the Western Writers of America 2016 Spur Award for Contemporary Nonfiction. Her research has been featured on KNPR's State of Nevada, Bundyville and Voices from Your Public Lands podcasts, PBS Frontline, and in the High Country News. Her digital projects have included the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project and student-driven projects such as My National Parks.
Dr. Carr Childers is actively engaged in scholarly research and production in her fields of study as a co-editor for the Environment in Modern North America series at the University of Oklahoma Press, as co-editor of the book reviews for the journal Environmental History, and as a council member of the Public Lands History Center. She is also an active member of the Western History Association, the American Society for Environmental History, and the National Council on Public History.
For a more complete record of publications and activities, see Dr. Carr Childers's website.
The Size of the Risk: Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2015.
Refereed Journal Articles:
“Gallery: Leisl Carr Childers on the Gus Bundy Photographs and the Wild Horse Controversy,” Environmental History, July 2013: 604-620.
“National Parks as a Vehicle for Understanding Complexity,” Journal of the West, Summer 2012: 62-83.
“Field Notes: Black-Light Shows and the National Finals Rodeo: Curating Gene Autry’s Cowboy Spectacle,” Western Historical Quarterly, August 2010: 353-361.
“The National Finals Rodeo: Evolution of an Urban Entertainment Phenomenon,” Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, Winter 2008: 267-291.
“Rationalizing the Cold War Home Front,” Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Technology and Society Magazine, Fall 2008: 13-18.
“The Angry West: Understanding the Sagebrush Rebellion in Rural Nevada,” in Bridging the Distance: Common Issues in the Rural West. David Danbom, editor. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2015. 269-315.
“Incident at Galisteo: The 1955 Teapot Series and the Mental Landscape of Contamination,” in Proving Grounds: Militarized Landscapes, Weapons Testing, and the Environmental Impact of U.S. Bases. Edwin Martini, editor. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015. 75-110.
Coauthored work with Bettina Fabos. “Digital Literacy, Public History, and Fortepan Iowa,” in Media Education for a Digital Generation. Julie Frechette and Rob Williams, editors. New York: Routledge, 2015. 244-260.
“Every Mine, Every Cow Camp, Every Ranch Near the Nevada Test Site: Oral History as Field Work,” in Oral History, Community, and Work in the American West. Jessie Embry, editor. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2013. 284-304.
For a more complete listing of Dr. Carr Childers's publications and other activities, please feel free to email her and request a recent copy of her curriculum vitae.
HIST 349: United States Since 1945
The history of the United States in the second half of the twentieth century is punctuated by stellar economic growth, near economic collapse, cultural battles over the influences of religion and secular thought, increasing issues of scarcity, and the ever-present international tension of the Cold War. Throughout those decades, all these events caused Americans to define and redefine again and again the idea of liberty. In this course, students will explore three key national conversations regarding the nature of liberty, that of economic, religious, and civil liberty, during the decades that have framed the world we live in today.
HIST 475: History in the Digital Age
The Internet has fundamentally changed the way in which we approach and access information. This course introduces students to a framework of thought about how digital tools augment the work of the historian. Students will learn to engage digital tools in conducting historical research and analysis, in preserving and making history accessible, and in exhibiting and publishing historical interpretations of the past.