Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts
B.A. with distinction, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A., University of Kansas
Ph.D., Iowa State University
Research and Teaching Interests
Food and Culture History of Technology
Public History American Midwest
Agriculture and Rural Life Environmental History
Teaching at Mount Royal University
History of the United States, Public History
“Picturing the American Farmer: Agrarian Masculinity and Modernity in Postwar America”
“Fixing the Technological Fix: The Rapid Rise, Fall, and Rehabilitation of Cytoplasmic Male Sterility in the
Hybrid Corn Industry”
“From Destruction to Refuge: Defining Success in the European corn borer Control Effort in the United
States and Canada, 1917-2010”
“From Remodeling to Ranch Houses: Iowa Farm Housing, 1940-1960”
Manufacturing Wilderness: A History of Virginia’s Most Contested Landscape, 1700-2012
Capitalist Pigs: Pigs, Pork, and Power in American History, West Virginia University Press, forthcoming.
The Rural Midwest since World War II, editor. Northern Illinois University Press, 2014.
“Uneasy Dependency: Rural and Farm Policy in the Midwest since 1945,” in The Rural Midwest since
World War II. Northern Illinois University Press, 2014.
The Great National Struggle in the Heart of the Union: Midwestern Perspectives on the Civil War Era, co-editor
with Ginette Aley. Southern Illinois University Press, 2013.
Industrializing the Corn Belt: Agriculture, Technology, and Environment, 1945-1972. Northern Illinois
University Press, 2009 cloth, 2016 paper.
“Lard to Lean: Making the Meat-Type Hog in Post-World War II America,” in Food Chains: From Farm
Yard to Shopping Cart, edited by Roger Horowitz and Warren Belasco. Hagley Perspectives on Business
and Culture Series, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.
“The People’s University: Cooperative Extension and Outreach,” in Iowa State University: Tradition and
Transformation, edited by Dorothy Schwieder and Gretchen Van Houten. Wiley-Blackwell, 2007.
“The Vacant Chair on the Farm: Soldier Husbands, Farm Wives, and the Iowa Home Front, 1861-1865,”
Annals of Iowa. 66 (3&4) (Summer/Fall 2007): 241-265.
“War on Weeds: Iowa Farmers and Growth Regulator Herbicides,” Technology and Culture, 46 (October
“’The quickest way possible’: Iowa Farm Families and Tractor-drawn Combines, 1940-1960,” Agricultural
History, 76 (Fall 2002): 669-688.
Selected Service, Honours and Awards
Vice President, Agricultural History Society, 2017-2018.
Outstanding Scholar Award, Faculty of Arts, Mount Royal University, 2017.
Chair, Board of Directors, Heritage Park Society, Calgary, Alberta, 2016-Present.
Honorable Mention, Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award for the most significant book published in Iowa
history, State Historical Society of Iowa, 2010.
Envirotech Prize 2007, awarded by a Society for the History of Technology Interest Group, for best
article on the intersection of environmental history and history of technology. “War on Weeds: Iowa
Farmers and Growth Regulator Herbicides,” Technology and Culture, 46 (October 2005): 719-744.
Agricultural History, American Historical Review, Annals of Iowa, Business History Review, Canadian
Journal of History/Annales canadienne d’histoire, Enterprise and Society, H-Environment, Indiana
Magazine of History, Journal of American History, Journal of Illinois History, Journal of Southern History,
Journal of the West, Kansas History, Labour/LeTravail, Material Culture, New York History, North Dakota
History, Ohio History, The Public Historian, South Dakota History, Technology and Culture, and The
Agricultural History Society
Alberta Museums Association
Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums
Midwestern History Association
Organization of American Historians
Society for the History of Technology