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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                    Mike Bellah                       Kay Lynn Caviness                           Lilia Escajeda                               Alex Gregory                                   Jeff Haley                          Scott Higginbotham                            David Horsley                            Alex Hunt                                         Ben Johnson                     Carol Lovelady                                  Bonney MacDonald               Jessica Mallard                                Jay O’Brien                         Beverly Plank                                     Michael Roberts                       Joe Bill Sherrod                                Diane Thorpe                    Jack Turner                                        Joan Urban                                  Amy Von Lintel                                 Shawna Witthar

Honorary Advisory Board
S.C. Gwynne                                    Patricia Limerick               Philipp Meyer                                      Laura Pritchett

Faculty Council
Veronica Arias                             Rebekah Bachman            Timothy P. Bowman                             Michael Grauer                             

Alex Hunt                                        Brian Ingrassia                   Sidnye Johnson                                  Marty Kuhlman              

Bonney MacDonald                         Ray Matlack                       Marcus Melton                                     Dave Rausch                

Warren Stricker                              Amy Von Lintel

Spring 2018 Student Interns
Kaycie Timm                                    Emily McClanahan