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SARA BROOKS SUNDBERG

Professor of History

ssundberg@ucmo.edu

620-543-8698


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Department of History, Anthropology, Africana Studies and Social Studies

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO. 64093



RESEARCH

Women in early America

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in history

EDUCATION

Ph. D. Louisiana State University 2001

M. A. University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire (History) 1984

M.A.T. College of St. Thomas (now University of St. Thomas) 1978

B. A. Earlham College (Political Science) 1973
Other Professional Training

Tulane University, Graduate Program in History


Certification

Certification from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Louisiana departments of elementary and

secondary education for Social Studies (grades 7-12).
HONORS AND AWARDS

2009 Sabbatical, Fall semester

2006 New Faculty Achievement Award, College of Arts and

Sciences, Central Missouri State University

2005 Faculty Research Days Award, first place, juried selection of paper in the category of Scholarship of Teaching and

Learning, Center for Teaching and Learning, Central Missouri

State University

2003 Faculty Fellow, Center for Teaching and Learning, Central

Missouri State University

2002 College of Arts and Sciences, Nominee, Distinguished

Dissertation Award, Louisiana State University

1988, 1989 Graduate Fellowship, Department of History, Tulane

University

1984 Honorary Fellowship, Department of History

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

1984 Election to Phi Kappa Phi, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

1983 Election to Phi Alpha Theta, University of Wisconsin-Eau

Claire


1969-1971 John and Laura Besselman Scholarship, Earlham College

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Present-2013 Professor, University of Central Missouri

2012-2007 Associate Professor, University of Central Missouri

2006-2002 Assistant Professor, University of Central Missouri

2002-1997 Lecturer, Emporia State University

1997-1991 & 1980-1977 Teacher, Social Studies and Advanced Placement U.S. history,

three high schools
NON-TEACHING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2007 Member, Committee of Examiners, Major Field

Test in History, Educational Testing Service, Princeton,

New Jersey

2007 Advanced Placement Course Audit Review (Review

Course Syllabi), Educational Testing Service

2007-1994 Reader, Advanced Placement U.S. History Exam 8X

Educational Testing Service; Table Leader, 3X

1986-1985 Site/Shop Manager, Pentagon Barracks Historic Site

Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Baton Rouge,

Louisiana

1985-1984 Project Historian, Architectural Survey, Chippewa Falls,

Wisconsin, State Historical Society of Wisconsin
TEACHING AND STUDENT ADVISING

Courses

U.S. History survey to 1877 and 1877 to the present

Colonial America *

Revolution and Republic *

History of the Westward Movement

Women in America *

Writing in the Social Sciences

Colloquium (graduate, including online sections)

*Courses include sections that utilize Reacting to the Past critical thinking games.
Student Advising:

Thesis Advisor for three Master’s Theses:

2010 Tina Ellsworth, “Missouri Newspapers and the Equal Rights

Amendment 1972-1973”

2009 Peter Johnson, “The Origin and Nature of Indian Slavery in Colonial

St. Louis”



Society of Missouri, 2009

2007 Shannon Whetzel, “Mary Smiser, a ‘New Woman’ in the Historic

Preservation Movement”

Member of two MA thesis committees

Member of seventeen comprehensive exam committees for MA in history program

Project Advisor for three academic programs:

2013 MA in history public history project

2010 McNair Scholar

2009 Honors College

Advisor for two MA, public history internships:

Supervised twelve undergraduate and graduate research papers for conference presentations,

2002 - 2015.

Co-Faculty Evaluator for Social Studies Education majors seeking admission to the Teacher

Education Program (average 10 per semester) 2002-2013; 7X, 2013/2014



GRANTS

2015 Institutional Improvement Grant, Center for Teaching and Learning,

University of Central Missouri

2015- 2013 Co-Project Investigator, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” part

of the “Bridging Cultures” initiative National Endowment for the

Humanities and Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

2009 Level II Research, University of Central Missouri

2008 Mini Grant for Research, University of Central Missouri

2005 Michael Kraus Research Grant in American Colonial History, American

Historical Association

2005 Creative Assistance Grant, University of Central Missouri

2005 Teaching Development Grant, University of Central Missouri

2004 Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society

1985 Travel to Collections Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities

1984 Phi Kappa Phi Research Grant, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
PUBLICATIONS REFEREED

Book

Farm Women on the Prairie Frontier: A Sourcebook for Canada and the United States
with Carol Fairbanks (Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press, 1983).

  • reprinted a chapter as “Farmwomen on the Canadian Prairie Frontier: The Helpmate Image,” 95-107 in Rethinking Canada the Promise of Women’s History. eds. Veronica Strong Boag and Anita Fellman (Toronto: Copp, Clark Pitman, Ltd. 1986).

Articles

with Adam Sundberg, “Happy Land: Women Land Owners in West Feliciana Parish,

Louisiana: 1813-1845” Agricultural History 90, (Winter 2016), 484-510

“Lucy Alston Pirrie: A Woman’s Life in Early Louisiana (1772-1833),” in Mary Farmer

Kaiser and Shannon Frystak eds., Louisiana Women Their Lives and Times, Volume 2,

a volume in the series Southern Women: Their Lives and Times (Athens: University of

Georgia Press, 2016), 85-100

“Women and Property in Early Louisiana: Legal Systems at Odds, Journal of the Early



Republic” 32 (Winter 2012), 633-665

“‘Picturing the Past:’ Farm Women on the Grasslands Frontier, 1850-1890,” Great



Plains Quarterly 30 (Summer 2010), 203-219

“An Investigation of Exam Essay Questions on Learning in United States History Survey

Classes” The History Teacher 40, no. 1 (November 2006), 59-68

“A Female Planter from West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana: The Letters of Rachel O’Connor”



Louisiana History 47 (Winter 2006), 39-62

  • reprinted in Louisiana Legacies: Readings in the History of the Pelican State, 63 -77 eds. Janet Allured and Michael Martin (Cambridge: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 2013).

"A Female Frontier: Manitoba Farm Women in 1922." Prairie Forum 16, no. 2 (1991), 185-

204


"A Farm Woman on the Minnesota Prairie: The Letters of Mary E. Carpenter, Minnesota

History 51 (Spring 1989), 186-193
WORKS IN PROGRESS

Book: Property and Place: Women and the Law of Property in Early Louisiana

Research “A Phenomenological Investigation of “Reacting to the Past” Pedagogy on History

Learning and Engagement in the Undergraduate Classroom”



PUBLICATIONS, OTHER

Books

Intensive Survey Report: Architectural and Historical Survey Project. Chippewa Falls,

Wisconsin with Joan Rausch (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1985)

Articles

“Lessons from Two Careers on the Value of Social Studies Education,” Renaissance: A



Magazine of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 7 (2014), 40-41.

“Finding History, Leaving a Legacy,” with Jon Taylor, Renaissance: A Magazine of the



College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 6 (2013), 8-9.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Rachel O’Connor,” Know-LA encyclopedia of Louisiana, History, Culture and

Community, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, www.knowla.org

Book Reviews

Tennessee Women, Their Lives and Times-Volume 2 by Beverly Greene Bond and

Sarah Wilkerson Freeman in Journal of Southern History 82 no 3 (August 2016), 717-

718

Strangers on Their Native Soil: Opposition to United States’ Governance in Louisiana’s

Orleans Territory, 1805-1809, by Julien Vernet in Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta

Studies, 46 (April 2015), 66-67

Frontier Seaport: Detroit’s Transformation into an Atlantic Entrepȏt by Catherine Cangany

in Journal of the Early Republic 35 (Spring 2015), 141-143



Wild Frenchmen and Frenchified Indians: Material Culture and Race in Colonial Louisiana

by Sophie White in Missouri Historical Review 109 (October 2014), 70-71



Defiant Brides, The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men

They Married by Nancy Rubin Stuart in The History Teacher 47 (May 2014), 468-469

Dolley Madison: The Problem of National Unity by Catherine Allgor in The History

Teacher 47 (November 2013), 131-132

Why Won’t You Just Tell Us the Answer?” Teaching Critical Thinking in Grades 7-12,

by Bruce Lesh, in The History Teacher 45 (August 2012), 636

Louisiana Women Their Lives and Times by Janet Allured and Judith K. Gentry eds.

H- SAWH (September 2010)

http://www.h-net.org/reviews/review_browse.php?list_id=66&page=1

Researching History Education, Theory, Method and Context by Linda S. Levstick and

Keith C. Barton in The History Teacher 42 (May 2009), 381-382



Civil War Films for Teachers and Historians by William Russell III in The History

Teacher 42 (November 2008), 125

American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderland to Border State by

Stephen Aron in Ohio Valley History 7 (2007), 80-81



HERS, HIS AND THEIRS: Community Property in Spain & Early Texas, by Jean Stuntz

Louisiana History 68 (2007), 449-450

French, Cajun, Creole, Houma: A Primer on Francophone Louisiana by Carl Brasseaux in

Journal of Southern History 72 (2006), 449-450

Gardens of New Spain, How Mediterranean Plants and Foods Changed America by

William W. Dunmire in Plant Science Bulletin 52 (Fall 2006), 102-103



Nature’s Government: Science, Imperial Britain and the Improvement of the World by

Richard Drayton in Plant Science Bulletin 48 (Spring 2002), 29-30



Dust Bowl Diary by Ann Marie Low in Annals of Iowa, A Quarterly Journal of History 48,

(1985), 94



Women and Indians on the Frontier, 1825-1915 by Glenda Riley

Minnesota History, 49 (1985), 204-205

Book Notices:

Truman’s Grandview Farm by Jon Taylor Renaissance: A Magazine of the College of Arts,

Humanities and Social Sciences 5 (2012), 38

The Checkered Years: A Bonanza Farm Diary, 1884-1888, ed. by Mary Boynton Cowdry,

Annals of Iowa, A Quarterly Journal of History 50 (Fall 1990), 711
CONFERENCE PAPERS AND TALKS

Invited Talks

2010 “Property and Place: Women Landholders in West Feliciana, 1780-1835,: with Adam

Sundberg, Hemispheric Freedom Symposium, sponsored by the Baton Rouge Area

Foundation, Irene W. and C. B. Pennington Foundation and Louisiana State

University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

2009 “All the Existing Property . . . Being the Product Mutual Duties and

Labors,” Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Johnson County

Community College, Overland Park, Kansas

2002 “Teaching with Documents: Women in Early Louisiana,” Louisiana Endowment for

the Humanities, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

1985 "Farm women on the Nineteenth-Century Agricultural Frontier: A Reassessment"

Berdhal-Rolvaag Lecture Series, Nordland Fest, Augustana College, Sioux

Falls, South Dakota

Select Conference Papers (Refereed)

2015 “Remembering Constance Rochon Duplantier of Historic Magnolia Mound Plantation

Baton Rouge, Louisiana,” Gulf South History and Humanities Conference,

Natchez, Mississippi

2012 “Lucy Alston Pirrie: A Woman’s Life in Early Louisiana,” Louisiana Historical

Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans

2009 “Property and Place: Women and the Land in Early West Feliciana Parish,

Louisiana,” Eighth Southern Conference on Women’s History, Southern

Association of Women Historians, University of South Carolina, Columbia

2008 “‘Picturing the Past’: Farmwomen on the Minnesota Prairie Frontier: 1850-1900,”

Women and Gender Historians of the Midwest, Mount St. Joseph College,

Cincinnati, Ohio

2007 “Under Her Authority: Women and Property in Early Louisiana,” Canadian

Historical Association Annual Meeting, University of Saskatchewan,

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

2007 “Women, the Law and Identity in Early Louisiana,” 121st Annual Meeting,

American Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia

2006 “Women in Mississippi and Louisiana, 1782-1835: A Comparison of Wealth-

Holding Under Civil and Common Law,” Annual Meeting, Organization of

American Historians/National Council on Public History, Washington, D.C.

2005 “An Investigation of the Effects of Exam Essay Questions on Learning in United

States History Survey Classes,” International Society for the Scholarship of

Teaching and Learning, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

2005 “Legal Systems at Odds: Marriage Contracts, Wills and Women’s Property in

Spanish West Florida and Early Louisiana,” Louisiana Historical Society

Annual Meeting, Lafayette, Louisiana

2004 “Women and the Law of Property under Civil Law in Early Louisiana, 1782-

1835,” 50th Congrès Annuel, Society for French Historical Studies, Bibliothèque

Nationale de France, Paris, France.

2004 “Women and Wealth in Civil Law Louisiana and Selected Common Law

Jurisdictions,” Tenth Annual Conference, The Omohundro Institute of Early

American History and Culture, Northhampton, Massachusetts

2003 “Lives and Law: Case Studies of Three Women and the Law of Property in Early

Louisiana,” Sixth Southern Conference on Women’s History, Southern

Association of Women Historians, University of Georgia, Athens

2002 “Reassessing the Letters of Rachel O’Connor, A Female Planter in Early

Louisiana,” Louisiana Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Iberia,

Louisiana.

2000 “Women of Means in Colonial and Early National Feliciana and Baton Rouge,

Louisiana 1782-1835, Fifth Southern Conference on Women’s History,

Southern Association of Women Historians, University of Richmond,

Virginia


1986 "A Quantitative Examination of the Homes Lives of Manitoba Farm Women in

1922" American Farm Women in Historical Perspective Conference,

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

1985 "A Farmwoman on the Minnesota Prairie Frontier: The Letters of Mary E.

Carpenter, 1870-1889." 28th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference,

University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska

1982 "Farmwomen on the Canadian Prairie Frontier: The Helpmate Image." 17th

Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference, Bemidji State University,

Bemidji, Minnesota

Conference Participation

2014 Discussant, Roundtable, “Adventures in On-Line Courses, Distance Learning and

MOOCs,” Louisiana Historical Association Annual Meeting, Hammond,

Louisiana.

2014 Commentator and Chair, “The Empire of Liberty Realized: Economic and

Intellectual Development in the Age of Jefferson,” Conference on Missouri

History, Jefferson City, Missouri

2013 Commentator and Chair, “Women’s Agency in the Southern Mississippi Valley,”

Graduate History Conference, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge,

Louisiana

2008 Discussant, Roundtable, “Women between Cultures in Early North

America,” The Fourteenth Berkshire Conference on Women in History,

Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2008 Commentator and Chair, “Gender and Law in the Early English, French and

Spanish South,” Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, New

Orleans, Louisiana

2006 Commentator, “A Landscape Portrait of Women’s Studies Programs in the

Midwest,” Mid-America Conference on History, Cincinnati, Ohio

2006 Commentator, “Missouri History and Biography,” Missouri Conference on

History, Sedalia, Missouri

2005 Commentator, “American Indians” Northern Great Plains History Conference,

Eau Claire, Wisconsin


SERVICE

Department:

Present-2016 Member, Social Studies Steering Committee

Present-2014 Advisor, Kappa-Lambda Chapter, Phi Alpha Theta

2016-2013 Co-Coordinator, M.A. Program in History

2016-2011 Assessment Committee

2016-2009 Co-Chair and Chair, Graduate Committee

2009-2007 Coordinator, M.A. Program in History

2005-2002 Coordinator, Department Speaker Series

Multiple job search committees

University

2016 Member, Constitution Week Planning Committee

2016-2014 Member, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Assessment

Committee

2015 International Affairs Committee

2013 Co-Chair, International Affairs Committee

2016-2013 Member, Graduate Council

2014-2013 Member, Sustainability Course Review Committee

2011 Member, Ad-Hoc Committee (University Reorganization)

2010-2007 Member, Graduate Council

2010-2007 Member, Honor’s College Advisory Board

2008-2005 Member, Carnegie Academy of Scholarship and Teaching (CASTL)

Committee

2010-2008 President, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

2008-2006 Vice President, Phi Kappa Phi

2008-2005 Member, Women’s Studies Program Advisory Board

2010 Presenter, “Reacting to the Past: Teaching with Critical Thinking

Games,” Center for Teaching and Learning



Professional

2016 Manuscript review, Truman University Press.

2015 Member, Membership Committee, Southern Historical Association

2014 Chair, A. Elizabeth Taylor Article Prize Committee, Southern

Association of Women Historians

2009 Member, Committee on Teaching, Southern Association of Women

Historians

2011 Member, Julia Cherry Spruill Book Prize Committee, Southern

Association of Women Historians

2011 Manuscript Review, Journal of Canadian Studies.

Organized multiple conference panels
Public Outreach

2016-2003 Judge, Senior Papers, National History Day in Missouri, seven times

2013-2012 Member, Archival Committee, Pioneer Bluffs (historic farm) Matfield

Green, Kansas




PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Historical Association (continuous since 2001)

Louisiana Historical Association

Organization of American Historians (since 1984)

Society for Historians of the Early Republic

Southern Association of Women Historians (lifetime member)



Southern Historical Association


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