Western Kentucky University

Alexander Olson

Alexander OlsonAlexander Olson

Assistant Professor, Honors College

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2013

Fields: U.S. Cultural & Intellectual History since 1860, U.S. West, American Studies

Office:  Garrett Conference Center 121

Phone:  (270) 745-2081

Email:  alexander.olson@wku.edu

Honors College at WKU


Research Interests

I am interested in the cultural, intellectual, and social history of the United States as well as broader theoretical questions about how knowledge is created, legitimized, and connected to specific places and spaces. My current manuscript examines the struggle for democratic education in California among labor groups, public intellectuals, and education reformers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I am also interested in the relationship between history, heritage, and race. I have published in Western Historical Quarterly, Southwest Review, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, and Boom. One of my articles won the Bert Fireman Award from the Western History Association in 2009, and I was recognized with the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges & Universities in 2012. My dissertation received an Honorable Mention in the University of Michigan's ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award competition in 2013.



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