WGS Graduate Secondary Field alum Rebecca Scofield was recently featured in The Harvard Gazette's "To Serve Better" series. "To Serve Better" tells the stories of people "committed to public purpose and to making a positive difference in communities throughout the country." Scofield (Ph.D., American Studies '15 ) is an Assistant Professor of twentieth century American history at the University of Idaho, where she researches the history of LGBTQ+ community that existed on the American frontier. Her first book, Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the American West, was released in 2019. She also curates the Gay Rodeo Oral History Project to gather vital information about how gay men and women have built a vibrant community and experienced rodeo over the past forty years.
While a graduate student at Harvard WGS, Scofield's dissertation committee was chaired by WGS professor Robin Bernstein.
Read the full Gazette article to learn more about Scofield's work and this little-known part of U.S. history.