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Dr. Alex Hunt (left) and Dr. Tim Bowman (right) leading a Q&A session with author S. C. Gwynne (center)

Throughout the local community and campus community, CSAW strives to educate about and increase appreciation for the American West. Use the side menu to view opportunities for students (including the Western American Studies minor, internships, and research grants), researchers, and anyone interested in participating with CSAW in any capacity, be it attending lectures and movie nights or donating to support the Center. CSAW is composed of a director board, an advisory board, a faculty council, and student interns.

Director Board
Dr. Alex Hunt, director

Dr. Alex Hunt, professor of English, came to WT in 2002. Originally from Alaska and Washington, he received his BA and MA from Colorado State University and his PhD from the University of Oregon. Dr. Hunt has published books on novelist Annie Proulx, postcolonial ecocriticism, and 19th century British investment in the American West. He has published articles on Texas Panhandle history, works of Western and Southwestern literature, Native American and Chicano/a studies, and popular culture--most recently on the television series Breaking Bad. Dr. Hunt has been editor of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Review and the Haley  Professor of Western Studies since 2012.

Dr. Tim Bowman, associate director

Dr. Tim Bowman is an assistant professor who studies borderlands history and the history of the North American Southwest. His first book, Blood Oranges: Agriculture and Colonialism in the South Texas Borderlands, was published by Texas A&M University Press in May of 2016. Professor Bowman's current research interests include violence among the U.S.-Mexico border during the nineteenth century, as well as political cultures and identity politics in the Texas Panhandle during the twentieth century.

Maureen Hubbart, assistant director

Maureen Hubbart holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from WTAMU and moved to Phoenix, Arizona shortly thereafter. She began her graduate work at Arizona State University before returning to Texas to complete her Master's Degree in History at WTAMU. Although she grew up in the Panhandle, her interest in the history of the region was not sparked until her return to WT led to an internship at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. As a graduate student, she was a Haley Graduate Fellow and received a research grant from the Killgore Research Center to work on her thesis at the National Archives in Luxembourg.

Advisory Board
Georgia Kitsman, Chair of the Board; Mike Bellah, Claire Burney, Lilia Escajeda, Alex Gregory, Jeff Haley, Scott Higginbotham, David Horsley, Alex Hunt, Ben Johnson, Amy Von Lintel, Carol Lovelady, Kay Lynn, Bonney MacDonald, Jessica Mallard, Jay O’Brien, Beverly Plank, Michael Roberts, Joe Bill Sherrod, Diane Thorpe, Jack Turner, Joan Urban, Kelly Whittenburg, and Shawna Witthar

Faculty Council
Veronica Arias, Rebekah Bachman, Timothy P. Bowman, Michael Grauer, Alex Hunt, Brain Ingrassia, Sidnye Johnson, Marty Kuhlman, Amy Von Lintel, Bonney MacDonald, Ray Matlack, Marcus Melton, Dave Rausch, and Warren Stricker

Spring 2017 Student Interns
Dollie Lookingbill
AJ McCormick