Susan Kollin

Susan Kollin

Director

Susan Kollin is Professor of English and a CLS Distinguished Professor at Montana State University. She teaches courses in the literature of the American West, transnational American Studies, and Environmental Humanities. She recently edited A History of Western American Literature (Cambridge University Press) and is the author of Captivating Westerns: The Middle East in the American West (University of Nebraska Press). Her other books include Nature's State: Imagining Alaska as the Last Frontier (University of North Carolina Press) and the edited volume, Postwestern Cultures: Literature, Theory, Space (University of Nebraska Press). She was a Fulbright Scholar at the American University in Cairo and is a former President of the Western Literature Association. 

 

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy

Co-Director

Mary Murphy is Distinguished Professor of Letters and Science at Montana State University Bozeman, where she teaches courses in the history of the North American West,  gender, and the history of food.  Among her books are Hope in Hard Times: New Deal Photographs of Montana, 1936-1942 and Mining Cultures: Men, Women, and Leisure in Butte, 1914-41.  She is currently working on two book projects, “Culinary Diplomacy: Gender, Food, and Politics on the Northern Borderlands,” and with co-authors, Molly Kruckenberg, Zoe Ann Stoltz, and Jan Zauha, “Cooking Up the Past: A Culinary History of Montana.”

She has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Bienecke Library, the Cody Institute for Western American Studies, the Montana Historical Society, and the Ucross Foundation.  In 2013 she received the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award.

               

Robert Rydell

Robert Rydell

Co-Director
Robert Rydell has been at MSU since he started his career in 1980, with occasional visiting posts at the Universities of Amsterdam and Michigan.  Since arriving at MSU, he has put the history of world’s fairs at the center of his research, straying occasionally into the study of Wild West shows, and universities.  Since receiving the Alan Nevins Prize for his doctoral dissertation, he has written and co-authored multiple books about world’s fairs, including an edition of the pamphlet produced by Frederick Douglass and Ida Wells about the absence of representations of African Americans at the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. He served as guest curator for Designing Tomorrow, an exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. about world’s fairs and the history of modern design. He has held the John Adams Chair in American Studies at the University of Amsterdam, served as a senior fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and has been involved with documentary and museum-based projects about the significance of universal expositions. In 2016, Dr. Rydell was the honored recipient of the Mary Turpie Prize from the American Studies Association. With the help of several capable research assistants, he is currently researching and writing a history of MSU that covers its last twenty-five years and continues the story of this university’s longer history that he co-authored with his colleagues Pierce Mullen and Jeffrey Safford in 1993.  

Staff

Kori Robbins

Kori Robbins

Program Administrative Coordinator

Growing up a Griz fan in the small community of Anaconda, Montana, Kori shocked her family by coming to Montana State and earned her bachelor's in History. Currently, Kori is a Masters student in American Studies, and plans to work in a museum when she grows up. Kori grew up with a fishing pole in one hand and a book in the other. She is a volunteer at the Museum of the Rockies Living History Farm, and spends her summers dressing in 1890s clothing and entertaining visitors. Reading is her escape, and if you can't find her, she's probably getting lost at the library or local bookstores, finding new adventures.