Todd M. Kerstetter

Professor
History
Reed Hall 326

t.kerstetter@tcu.edu | 817-257-6736

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Education

Ph.D., University of Nebraska (1997)
MA, University of Nebraska (1992)
BA, Duke University (1986)

Courses Taught

HIST 10613 US History: A Survey since 1877
HIST 40653 Hell Raisers and Robber Barons: US History, 1877-1919
HIST 40703 Indians of the United States
HIST 40733 The American West to 1900
HIST 40813 The American West since 1900
HIST 40853 American Environmental History
HIST 40863 American Sport History
HIST 70603 Graduate Reading Seminar in US History (various topics)
HIST 80603 Graduate Research Seminar in US History (various topics)

Areas of Focus

North American West, 19th and 20th centuries
Environmental history
Gilded Age/Progressive Era

Flood on the Tracks: Living, Dying, and the Nature of Disaster in the Elkhorn River Basin (Texas Tech University Press, 2018)

Inspiration and Innovation: Religion in the American West (Wiley, 2015)

God’s Country, Uncle Sam’s Land: Faith and Conflict in the American West (University of Illinois Press, 2006)

“State Violence and the Un-American West: Mormons, American Indians, and Cults,” in From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion, Violence, and America (University of California Press, 2012).

“Rock Music and the New West, 1980-2010,” Western Historical Quarterly 42(Spring 2012): 53-71.

“‘That’s Just the American Way’: The Branch Davidian Tragedy and the American West,” Western Historical Quarterly 21(Summer 2001): 179-192.

“Spin Doctors at Santee: What the Dakota Press Said — and Didn’t Say — About the Ghost Dance and Wounded Knee,” Western Historical Quarterly 28(Spring 1997): 45-67.

  • American Historical Association
  • American Society for Environmental History
  • Center for Great Plains Studies
  • Coalition for Western Women’s History
  • Mormon History Association
  • Nebraska State Historical Society
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Texas State Historical Society
  • Western History Association

Editorial board, Western Historical Quarterly, 2012-2014

Editorial board, Plains Histories, a series from Texas Tech University Press

Armitage-Jameson Prize (best book) Committee, Coalition for Western Women’s History, 2013-2015

H. Bailey Carroll Award (best article) Committee, Texas State Historical Association, 2013-2015

Caughey Prize (best book) Committee, Western History Association, 2010-2012

Arrington-Prucha Prize (best article on religious history) Committee, Western History Association, (2001-2003)

Manuscript reviewer, Harvard University Press, University of Nebraska Press, University of Oklahoma Press, University of Illinois Press, Texas Tech University Press, TCU Press, Harcourt Brace, Houghton Mifflin, Bedford/St. Martin’s

Article reviewer, Western Historical Quarterly, Journal of American History, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Great Plains Research, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History