The University of Utah American West Center

The First Center in the Nation devoted to the Interdisciplinary Study of the American West
The American West Center has been producing innovative community-engaged scholarship and training students as public historians for nearly half a century. If you would like to learn more about the AWC projects featured above, training in oral history, digital history, and other public history methods, or our other activities -- including our contract research for the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and a number of American Indian Nations -- contact us at 801-581-7611.


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New Director at the American West Center  

The American West Center welcomed its new director, Gregory E. Smoak on July 1, 2012. Prof. Smoak began working at the Center as a graduate assistant to Floyd O'Neil (Director Emeritus) in 1988; and he has been a co-principal investigator on a few AWC projects during the past several years. He is an associate professor in the dept. of History, specializing in American Indian, American Western, Environmental and Public History. He completed an M.A at Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. at the University of Utah in 1999. His book "Ghost Dances and Identity: American Indian Ethnicity, Racial Identity, and Prophetic Religion" was published by the University of California Press in 2006. Prof. Smoak is presently working on a research project "Medicine Wars: Imperial Medicine and Native Healers in the Era of Assimilation." Although the Center recently bid farewell to Matthew Basso who served 2 three-year terms as director, he will still be affiliated with the Center on projects and events.