Dr. Michael Amundson
(BS, MA University of Wyoming; PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1996)
Recent America, American West, Southwest, Atomic Age
Office phone: 928-523-6331
Office LA 315
Research and teaching interests
My research is on the Atomic Age in the American West. As a
relatively new field, Atomic History incorporates all things nuclear including
such fields as community, environmental, cultural, social, political, and
I am a co-editor of the Atomic History and Culture series
with the University Press of Colorado. My most recent publications include a
book on uranium mining towns in the West and an article on the Orphan Lode
Uranium Mine in Grand Canyon National Park.
My teaching areas of specialty are 19th and 20th century
West, the Southwest, and Recent American History. I have also taught
specialized courses within those fields including ones on Lewis and Clark,
History of Photography, Atomic America, and the History of US Sports.
HIS 292: US Since 1865
HIS 299: History of US Sports
HIS 300W: Junior Level Writing Course on Lewis and Clark
HIS 394: Recent America
HIS 394ct: Recent America (on WebCT)
HIS 487: The Far Southwest
HIS 487ct: The Far Southwest (on WebCT)
HIS 488: Making of the American West
HIS 489: American West Transformed
HIS 498: Senior Seminar on History of US Sports
HIS 498: Senior Seminar on Atomic America
HIS 499: History of American Photography
HIS 592: Graduate Readings on the Far Southwest
HIS 592: Graduate Readings on the American West
HIS 692: Graduate Research Seminar on the American West
Passage to Wonderland: Re-photographing Joseph
Stimson’s Scenes from Cody to Yellowstone National Park, 1903 and 2008
(Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2013).
These Men Played Real Polo: the History of an Elite
Sport in the ‘Cowboy’ state, 1890-1930,” in Montana: the Magazine of
Western History 59:1 (Spring 2009), 3-22.
Atomic Culture: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and
Love the Bomb, co-edited with Scott Zeman (Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 2004).
"Uranium on the Cranium: Uranium Mining and Popular
Culture, 1948-1996,” in Atomic Culture (2004).
"Yellowcake to Singletrack: Culture, Community, and
Identity in Moab, Utah," in Liza Nicholas, Elaine M. Bapis, and Thomas J.
Harvey, Imagining the Big Open: Nature, Identity, and Play in the New West
(Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2003.
Yellowcake Towns: Uranium Mining Communities in the
American West. (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2002).
"Mining the Grand Canyon to Save It: The Orphan Lode Uranium
Mine and National Security," in the Western Historical Quarterly
32, No. 3 (Autumn 2001). Clicking on the title will take you to the article via
the History Cooperative.
"The British at Big Horn: The Founding of an Elite
Wyoming Community," Journal of the West, Vol. 40, No. 1 (Winter
"Portrait of a Small Town: The Photographic Diary of
Neligh's Emanuel Wolfe," Nebraska History, Vol. 79, No. 4 (Winter
"No Longer a Home on the Range: The Booms and Busts of
a Wyoming Uranium Mining Town, 1958-1985," Western Historical Quarterly,
Winter 1995, pp 483-505.
Recent book reviews
Recent reviews have appeared in the Journal of American
History, Agricultural History, Western Historical Quarterly, Journal of Arizona
History, Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, and Montana: The Magazine of
Recent professional service
Co-editor, Atomic History and Culture Series, University
Press of Colorado
Speaker, Arizona Humanities Council's Speaker's Bureau
Editorial Board, Journal of Arizona History
Arizona Historical Conference Board
Mansucript Reviewer, University of Arizona Press