Kevin Jon Fernlund, Ph.D.
Professor of History
I am a Professor of History, specializing in the History of North America, Exploration and Science, and Big History. I have authored Lyndon B. Johnson and Modern America (2009) and William Henry Holmes and the Rediscovery of the American West (2000) as well as edited Selected Historical Documents to Accompany America's History, Volume 2: Since 1865 (2011) and The Cold War American West, 1945 to 1989 (1998). I am currently doing research for a book on the history of Western Culture in North America. Between 2006 and 2012, I served as the Executive Director of the Western History Association and I am currently a member of the WHA’s Financial Advisory Board. And I am Co-Chair of the 2015 Local Resource Committee of the Organization of American Historians. I received a Fulbright Fellowship and spent a year in Hanoi, Vietnam (2001-2002), where I was affiliated with Vietnam National University.
Before taking my Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico in 1992, I taught social studies at Coconino High School in Flagstaff, Arizona, and at Tuba City High School on the Navajo Indian Reservation. I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern Arizona University, after graduating in 1977 from Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Arizona.
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