Erstwhile is a collaborative space for five historical scholars with ties to the History Department at the University of Colorado 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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Kerri Keller Clement, Contributing Editor – Kerri is a Ph.D. student at CU Boulder, where she studies 20th-century Indigenous Agriculture of Northern Plains Tribes, in particular, ranching and animals on Northern Plains (ish) reservations. Her research interests more broadly include the American West, non-human animals and horses in the American West, digital history, environmental history, Indigenous agricultural history, and National Parks. Originally from Montana, Kerri is a former high school teacher who can be found on the river or ski slopes most weekends. Find her on twitter @kerri_clement.



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Beau Driver, Contributing Editor & Social Media Lead – Beau is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research interests lie in labor and working-class, intellectual, and cultural history. Beau focuses on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era United States and he is currently working on his dissertation, titled The Worker: Walter Wyckoff and His Experiment in Reality, which examines the life and work of Walter Wyckoff, professor of Economics and Sociology at Princeton University. You can find Beau on Twitter at @DrBeaunus.



Caroline Grego, Managing Editor – Originally from South Carolina, Caroline Grego 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. She is now a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Colorado Boulder and will be a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow for the 2018 – 2019 school year. Caroline is in the midst of writing her dissertation, “Hurricane of the New South: Disruption, Dispossession, and the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893,” which uses the deadly hurricane to expose political, demographic, economic, and environmental changes in South Carolina at the dawn of Jim Crow. You can read more of her writing in BC Studies and at Environmental History Now and find her on twitter @CarolineGrego88.



Travis May, Contributing Editor – Travis is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Colorado Boulder. His academic interests involve race, culture, and imperialism in early twentieth-century Britain and its overseas empire. His dissertation research focuses on British and German efforts to discredit one another as respectable colonial powers by publishing and publicizing atrocity literature, and the responses of colonized peoples to these claims, during and in the immediate aftermath of the First World War.


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Graeme Pente, Contributing Editor & Lead Copy Editor – Graeme is a Ph.D. candidate in the history department at the University of Colorado Boulder. His dissertation addresses the political contributions of visionary socialists (usually referred to as “utopian socialists”) and early anarchists during the nineteenth century. Albert Brisbane, Victor Considerant, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, and Plotino Rhodakanaty were some of the figures in the United States, France, and Mexico who engaged in a vibrant transnational debate over the place of the individual in a democratic society undergoing the early effects of the Industrial Revolution. The project explores their contributions to nineteenth-century democratic theory and the intersections of idea and practice. You can find his writing at the Colorado Encyclopedia and Tangents USA.



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Alessandra La Rocca Link  –  Alessandra worked as an editor for the blog for four years. She completed a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado Boulder specializing in Native American history and the history of the American West (in its broadest interpretations). She is now a fellow at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies. 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.


Julia Frankenbach – Julia worked as a contributing editor for the blog for two years. She 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.


Sara Porterfield – Sara Porterfield worked as a contributing editor for the blog for four years. Her love of the Colorado River led her to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studied 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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