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Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Elyssa Ford

Dr. Elyssa Ford



53 Valk


660.562.1241 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2011

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. History; Arizona State University
  • M.A. History; Arizona State University
  • Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies; Arizona State University
  • B.A. International Studies; Colby College

Courses Taught

  • U.S. to 1877 & U.S. since 1877
  • Race and Ethnicity in America
  • Public History
  • Local History Practicum
  • Women and Gender in U.S. History
  • The American Colonies
  • Early American Republic
  • U.S. since 1945
  • Research Seminar in US History

Academic Interest

My research focuses on women's history, specifically looking at gender, race, sexuality, identity, and memory. My current research looks at these issues in the rodeo and in pa'u riding, which is a riding technique practiced by women in Hawai‛i. I also have a project on the access women have to education and leadership opportunities in Cambodia. 

Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications

  • Article: “Pa‛u Riding in Hawai‛i: Memory, Race, and Community on Parade,” Pacific Historical Review 84:3 (Spring 2015): 277-306.
  • Book Review: Letting Go?: Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World, edited by Bill Adair, Benjamin Filene, and Laura Koloski in Museums and Social Issues (October 2015).
  • "Rodeo" and "Cowgirls” in The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World. Sage Publications, 2011.
  • "Yellow Fever," Encyc. of American Environmental History. Facts on File, 2010.

Selected Recent Presentations

  • “Where Gay Men can be ‘Real’ Men” at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Conference, November 2015
  • Working Group: “Pedagogy in Public: Academic Programs and Community Partners” at the National Council of Public History Conference, April 2015
  • “From Farmers’ Daughters to Phnom Penh Powerhouses” at the Berkshires Conference on Women’s History Conference, May 2014

Student Group Advisement

  • SAGE (Sex and Gender Equality)
  • Society of President’s Scholars
  • International Scholarship Committee

Other Professional Experiences

  • Board Member, Nodaway County Historical Society Museum (Missouri), 2013-Present
  • Board Member, Austin McCloud Appellate Court Museum (Texas), 2011-Present
  • Fulbright Award, Romania, 2009-2010
  • Leadership Resident, Harpswell Foundation, Cambodia, Summer 2009