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 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.
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 an American Studies Masters student, 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 clothes 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.