About Us

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 Foster, associate director

Dr. Tim Foster is an assistant professor of Spanish at WT. An Iowan by birth with ties to the Nebraska Sandhills, he received his MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on early modern Spanish and Colonial Latin American literature and culture. He has published on Spanish theater, the Way of St. James pilgrimage, and Texas Panhandle ties to Brazilian cattle ranching, and he is currently researching the use of Spanish religious imagery in the American Southwest.

AJ McCormick, assistant director

After receiving her MA in English from West Texas A&M University, AJ McCormick began teaching first-year composition at WT. She is also a doctoral student in Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University. Having divided her formative years between the Ozark mountains, Florida coasts, and Hawaiian Islands, her move to the Texas panhandle was unsurprisingly an ecocultural shock; however, AJ now calls this place home and feels it’s played a role in shifting her academic interests towards ecocriticism and attitudes towards and relationships with nature. Her dissertation will consider food rhetoric and how this rhetoric is shaped by and shapes cultural identity and how those changes impact natural environments. She also researches digital humanities and pedagogy trends, especially related to public history and experiential learning.  

Advisory Board

Georgia Kitsman Rebekah Bachman Mike Bellah Lilia Escajeda
Alex Gregory Jeff Haley Katy Magee Berklee Clements
Alex Hunt Wes Reeves Kevin Pond Michael Roberts
Jessica Mallard Jay O'Brien, Chair Beverly Plank David Wheeler
Joe Bill Sherrod Tom Moudy Jack Turner Paul Matney
Amy Von Lintel Shawna Witthar David Horsley Jack Craft
Mike Harter    


Honorary Advisory Board

S. C. Gwynne Patricia Limerick Philipp Meyer Laura Pritchett
John Erickson Stephen Harrigan Stephen Graham Jones Dan Flores
José Limón David Wallace Adams


Faculty Council

Veronica Arias Rebekah Bachman Timothy Bowman Stacy Sheller
Alex Hunt Brian Ingrassia Sidnye Johnson Marty Kuhlman
Bonney MacDonald Ray Matlack Marcus Melton Dave Rausch
Warren Stricker Amy Von Lintel Bonnie Roos Jessica Mallard
Kristina Drumheller Jean Stuntz Byron Pearson
Wade Shaffer Rebekah Bachman Sidnye Johnson Nicholas Gerlich
Lisa Garza Tim Foster Ray Barbosa AJ McCormick


Spring 2021 Student Interns

Erasme da Cruz Ramon Cueva  Katey Denney
Josh Copas Aryauna Thompson Melinda Jackson
Daisa Brown