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Size of the Risk

The Size of the Risk: Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2015.


Winner of the Western Writers of America 2016 Spur Award in Contemporary Nonfiction.

  • Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Publication Award ($3000), Spring 2015 and Summer Award ($1500), Summer 2007
  • University of Northern Iowa, College of Social and Behavioral Science Project Grant ($1000), Spring 2015 and New Faculty Research Grant ($5778), Summer 2014 
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, President’s Fellow ($20,000), 2009-2010 and Hal K. Rothman Doctoral History Graduate Student Award ($7000), 2007-2008
  • Gregory Smoak, Western Historical Quarterly (Winter 2016): 505-506.
  • Aaron McArthur, The Public Historian (August 2016): 206-207.
  • James R. Skillen, The American Historical Review (June 2016): 968.
  • John Freemuth, Montana The Magazine of Western History (Spring 2016): 81-82.
  • Wendell Cox, Choice (May 2016). 
  • Philip Garone, H-Environment, April 2016.

Bridging the Distance

“The Angry West: Understanding the Sagebrush Rebellion in Rural Nevada,” in Bridging the Distance: Common Issues in the Rural West. David Danborn, editor. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2015. 269-315.

  • Wilson J. Warren, Agricultural History (Summer 2016): 421-423.

Proving Grounds

“Incident at Galisteo: The 1955 Teapot Series and the Mental Landscape of Contamination,” Proving Grounds: Testing, Militarized Landscapes, and the Environmental Consequences of American Empire. Ed Martini, editor. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015. 75-110.

  • Christopher M. Rein, Environmental History (July 2016): 580-582.
  • Sasha Davis, Journal of American History (June 2016):223-224.
  • Kurk Dorsey, Southern California Quarterly (Spring 2016): 136-138.


“In My Cowgirl Boots,” in Cowgirl by Nancy Davidson. New York: Daylight Books, 2015. 10-13.

Oral History Community and Work

“Every Mine, Every Cow Path, Every Ranch Near the Nevada Test Site: Oral History as Fieldwork,” Oral History, Community, and Work in the American West. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2013. 284-304.

  • Donna Sinclair, Oral History Review (Winter/Spring 2015): 183-186.
  • Lisa Gabbert, Journal of Folklore Research (December 2014):
  • Donna M. DeBlasio, The Public Historian (May 2014): 140-142.

Environmental History July 2013

Gallery: Leisl Carr Childers on the Gus Bundy Photographs and the Wild Horse Controversy,” Environmental History, July 2013: 604-620.

Journal of the West Summer 2011

National Parks as a Vehicle for Understanding Complexity,” Journal of the West, Summer 2012: 62-83.

Western Historical Quarterly Autumn 2010

Field Notes: Black-Light Shows and the National Finals Rodeo: Curating Gene Autry’s Cowboy Spectacle,” Western Historical Quarterly, August 2010: 353-361.

Nevada Historical Society Quarterly Winter 2008

The National Finals Rodeo: Evolution of an Urban Entertainment Phenomenon,” Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, Winter 2008: 267-291.

Technology and Society Fall 2008

Rationalizing the Cold War Home Front,” Technology and Society Magazine, Fall 2008: 13-18.

I have reviewed manuscripts for scholarly journals including Agricultural History, Oregon Historical Society Quarterly, Pacific Historical Review, and the Western Historical Quarterly, as well as for academic presses such as University of Arizona Press, University of Massachusetts Press, and University of Oklahoma Press. In addition, I also regularly participate in writing book reviews of scholarly works in my fields of study.

  • Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West by Sarah Alisabeth Fox (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014), Environmental History. July 2015: 527-528.
  • Imagining Hoover Dam: The Making of a Cultural Icon by Anthony F. Arrigo (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2014), The Public Historian. May 2015: 143-144.
  • Gender, Whiteness, and Power in Rodeo: Breaking Away from the Ties of Sexism and Racism by Tracy Owens Patton and Sally M. Schedlock (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012), Western Historical Quarterly. Spring 2014: 94-95.
  • The Road to Yucca Mountain: The Development of Radioactive Waste Policy in the United States by J. Samuel Walker (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009), Environmental History. January 2013: 227-229.
  • Nevada’s Environmental Legacy: Progress or Plunder by James W. Hulse (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2009), Western Historical Quarterly. Fall 2010: 389-390.
  • Wrangling Women: Humor and Gender in the American West by Kristin McAndrews (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2007), Pacific Northwest Quarterly. Summer 2008: 139-140.