Laegreid Named Andrew Allen Excellence Fellow in Western History | New

September 29, 2022

Renee Laegreid

Renee Laegreid, professor of history at the University of Wyoming, was recently named Andrew Allen Excellence Fellow in Western History.

Laegreid recently received the honor from John Stark, President and CEO of the UW Foundation, and UW President Ed Seidel.

“On a personal level, the scholarship represents recognition of the work I have done in the field of Western history so far in my career, and I really appreciate this recognition,” said Laegreid. “The scholarship benefits will not only provide financial support for my research projects, but also that precious commodity, time. On a broader level, I also appreciate that the merit scholarship, our department’s first, recognizes the importance of Western history – to our state, our region, our country, and to the world.

“The position is an internal History Department post, utilizing the Andrew Allen Excellence Fund, our endowment from the UW Foundation,” says Jeffrey Means, associate professor and head of the UW History Department.

At UW, Laegreid majors in the history of the American West, with a focus on late 19th to mid-20th century gender and culture. His current research projects involve cultural and social analysis of Western iconography, examining how symbols of the West have been created and shaped over time and across international borders.

Her publications include “Women on the North American Plains” and “Riding Pretty: Rodeo Royalty in the West.”

She is the UW faculty representative on the Governor’s Council for the Celebration of Women’s Suffrage.

Laegreid earned his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; his MA in American Studies from Wesleyan University; and her bachelor’s degree from Washington State University.