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Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Nov. 13, 2017

Ford presents at Western History Association conference

Dr. Elyssa Ford

Dr. Elyssa Ford

Dr. Elyssa Ford, an assistant professor of history at Northwest Missouri State University, presented and participated in a roundtable discussion Nov. 2 at the Western History Association Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. 

The roundtable, which Ford organized, focused on “The Sporting West” and included faculty representatives of Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Notre Dame, Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University. 

Her paper presentation, “Rodeo and the Transmission of Identity and Belonging,” examined the race- and group-specific rodeos, such as the black rodeo and Native American rodeo, which still exist in the U.S. today, and their connection to a broader narrative of American history.

The Western History Association promotes the study and teaching of all aspects of the North American West while cultivating a broad appreciation of its diverse history.

Ford joined the Northwest faculty in 2011 and teaches courses in U.S. history and women’s history in addition to directing the public history minor. Previously, she taught at Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona and had fellowships at Rowan University in New Jersey and Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. She also has professional experience working at multiple museums, including the National Cowgirl Museum and the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.

She has a bachelor's degree from Colby College in Maine and earned her master’s, doctorate and graduate certificate in museum studies from Arizona State University.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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