Welcome to the website of Sandra Mathews, prize-winning author and professional historian.
After receiving my M.A. (Latin American Studies) and Ph.D. (History) at the University of New Mexico, I came to teach in Nebraska. Since my arrival, I have published five books, numerous chapters and articles, and too many book reviews to mention. Two of my books have received awards. I have presented numerous papers at conferences, chaired sessions, and been the featured or invited speaker at numerous special conferences as well as formal and informal gatherings.
Besides being an active scholar, I love to teach and I have ever since the first day I stepped foot in a classroom back in graduate school. I particularly enjoy taking students out into the “field” to get first-hand experience with history and place. I believe it’s important to make history relevant, connected, and “felt”. So I have taken my US West class to Fort Atkinson, Homestead National Monument, Nebraska State Historical Society Museum and Archives, the Durham Museum, and a three-day weekend living in the Officer’s Quarters at Fort Larned National Historic Site in Kansas. I’ve taken my Environmental students on 9-day trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, long weekends to the Niobrara, a short camping trip to Indian Cave State Park, Northwest Fur Post Museum (Minnesota), as well as Spring Creek Prairie and several other locations. It’s imperative to understand History as part of a larger collection of disciplines, including literature, language study, philosophy, art, spiritualism/religion, politics, environmental studies, and yes, even music (I play indigenous music every day in my Indian history course, for example). All of them help inform our understanding of the past.
I have done Historical Consulting, given presentations as a public service around Nebraska, and love to practice the craft of photography and creative writing.
If you have questions about my work, or would like me to come speak to your group, please contact me at mathewsbenham at yahoo dot com. Feel free to use my CONTACT page as well!
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