Sandra has taught a variety of courses at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus (Los Lunas), the Southern Pueblo Agency-Bureau of Indian Affairs (Albuquerque’s Old Indian School grounds), University of New Mexico’s main campus,  and Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln, for the past 21 years). For fun, Sandra has also taught New Mexico History online for Western New Mexico University (taking a break 2017-2018 while on sabbatical).

Sandra has also taught courses through Elderhostel (on the Harvey Girls and Railroads in the Southwest), OLLI (Osher LifeLong Learning Institute), and a variety of grant programs including Teaching American History grants and NEH Summer Teaching Institute grants.

While her specialties include Borderlands and Transnational Studies, she has subspecialties in American Indian, Environmental, Comparative Colonial, Western Women, and US West History.  A listing of courses taught at UNM and NWU follows:

UNM and Southern Pueblo Agency/BIA
Introduction to Colonial Latin America
New Mexico History
History of the Spanish Borderlands
American Indian History

History 300: History of New Mexico (online, 2013-2016)

History 1010: US to 1877
History 1110: Introduction to Latin America
History 2150: US West
History 2560: American Indian History
History 2610: Environmental History
History 4030/3030: The Founding of the Americas
History 4120/3120: Biography
History 4180: Indian Wars Era / Indian Activism in the 1960s
History 4550/3550: Western Women’s History
History 4650/3650: Nebraska History
History 4700/3700: Revolutions in Latin America
History 4720: History of Mexico
History 4730: History of Cuba

Sandra also teaches something called IDS 1010: Liberal Arts Seminar/Archway Seminar.  This course is required of all incoming first-year students as part of their general education program, teaching them about college while requiring them to master a topic (see for information on the national recognition NWU has gained for our LAS courses!).  Topics include everything from frontier, colonial, Western and biographical history to Enduring Humanity–looking at humanity through the lens of Star Trek!

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