Erstwhile is a collaborative space for six historical scholars with ties to the History Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The entire staff reviews each post and article before publication. In this way, all “Erstwhile-ians” act as Contributing Editors, in addition to their other roles.


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Beau Driver, Contributing Editor (on leave during Fall 2017) – Beau’s research interests lie in Labor and Working-Class, Intellectual, and Cultural History, including a recent move into Gender Studies with a focus on Masculinity. The bulk of his research focuses on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era United States. Beau is currently researching his dissertation topic, which will explore the intersections of class and gender in the Progressive Era by examining middle-class men’s “vital contact” with the working class between 1880 and 1920. You can find Beau on Twitter at @DrBeaunus.



Julia Frankenbach, Managing Editor – Julia has completed her M.A. in American History at CU-Boulder, where she specialized in immigration and ethnic history in California and the American West. She continues to research and write about histories of migration and identity across the U.S.-Mexico borderlands with growing interest in Native American history and indigenous studies. She believes that literature is an important vessel for history, particularly for publicly engaged scholars. Julia has published her work in Labour/Le Travail. You can find her on Twitter at @JulFrankenbach.



Caroline Grego, Contributing Editor – Caroline Grego is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in History at CU Boulder. Originally from South Carolina, Caroline graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in geography in 2011, and earned her MA in geography from the University of British Columbia in 2013. Check out her article in BC Studies, published July 2015, “Maybe National Park: Consultation, Conservation, and Conflict in the Okanagan-Similkameen.” She now writes about hurricanes, race, labor, and southern environments, and is working on a dissertation on the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893. You can find Caroline on Twitter at @CarolineGrego88.


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Alessandra La Rocca Link, Outreach Lead & Contributing Editor –  Alessandra is a doctoral student specializing in Native American history and the history of the American West (in its broadest interpretations). She is drawn to topics that address the complicated intersection of culture, technology, and the environment. This interest is evident in her dissertation research, which explores the ways in which Native Americans adapted to the socio-economic and cultural changes wrought in the wake of railroad expansion. She has received fellowships and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Center of the American West, and the Huntington and Newberry libraries. You can find her writing in the American Indian Quarterly, the Colorado Encyclopedia, the Courier-Journal, and Inside Higher Ed‘s GradHacker blog. Research aside, Alessandra is a baking enthusiast, occasional runner, and reluctant gardener. You can find her on Twitter at @AlessandraLink2.


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Graeme Pente, Social Media Lead, Lead Copy Editor, & Contributing Editor – Graeme is a PhD candidate in the history department. His dissertation explores transatlantic socialist thought in the nineteenth century with an emphasis on questions of power, government, and democracy within emerging labor movements. He is also interested in the history of revolution, where his studies encompass Western Europe, the United States, and Latin America. You can find his writing at the Colorado Encyclopedia and Tangents USA.



Sara Porterfield, Contributing Editor  – Sara Porterfield’s love of the Colorado River led her to her current life as a doctoral student at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studies the environmental history of the American West and the Colorado River Basin. Her dissertation looks at the Colorado’s ties to rivers around the world through water development and recreation, which she uses as an excuse to go rafting on the Green, Yampa, and Colorado rivers. Sara also works as a water educator, bringing the history of Western water use to diverse audiences in order to show how the past use of our water shapes the way we value and manage it today and in the future. Her work has been published on Real Clear Politics and The Dirtbag Diaries podcast, and in COLUMBIA: The Magazine of Northwest History, The Canyon Country Zephyr, the Willamette Week, Annals of Wyoming, and H-Net Reviews: H-Environment. You can follow Sara Porterfield on Twitter at @ParadoxofPlace.




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Sam Bock – Sam worked for Erstwhile as a Contributing Editor for three years. During his time as a Ph.D. student with the CU-Boulder History Department, he worked on a variety of topics related to the environmental history of the American West. His most recent research investigated the rise of the craft beer industry as it relates to the emergence of a new western environmental ethos. This “research” was, of course, simply an excuse to spend a lot of time in brewpubs. When he was not drinking beer or teaching classes at CU-Boulder, Sam worked as a research assistant for Professor Patricia Limerick at the Center of the American West. He has published in the Journal of the West and the Colorado Encyclopedia. You can follow Sam on Twitter at @BamSock.

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