Linda Sargent Wood

Linda Sargent Wood
Associate Professor
(B.A., M.A. Montana State University; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2002)

Associate Chair of History
Director of History and Social Studies Education
Intellectual and Cultural History and Histories of Disability, Medicine, Religion, and Education, and the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching History
Office phone: (928) 523-6211
Office:  Liberal Arts 313


Research and Teaching Interests

Linda Sargent Wood’s research and teaching focuses on Twentieth-century thought and culture, the historical inquiry process, and the scholarship of teaching and learning history. Her publications include a book on holistic ideas and practices in American society and article on late twentieth-century spirituality and doing history labs to teach historical thinking skills. Currently, she is writing a book on Montana’s contributions to the disability rights movement.

Courses taught at NAU

History 205: Historical Inquiry

History 206: Seminar in Teaching History

History 300W: Topics in History (Junior Writing Requirement)

History 498C Senior Seminar History Capstone

History 429 Inquiry in Teaching and Learning History and Geography

History 505: Readings in Native American History

History 550: Readings in Comparative History

History 590: Readings in American History

History 592: Readings in Southwest History

History 599: Civil War to Civil Rights 

History 668: Research in Environmental History (with Professor George Lubick)



A More Perfect Union: Holistic World Views and the Transformation of American Culture after World War II (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010; paperback 2012). 

"Montana's Role in Genetics Research and the Disability Rights Movement," (in preparation). 


"National History Day and the Evolution of History Education," Forward to Issue, OAH Magazine of History 26 (July 2012): 5-8. (Served as Consulting Editor for this issue.)

"From Corn Chips to Garbology: The Dynamics of Historical Inquiry," with Stevan Kalmon, Peggy O'Neill-Jones, and Cynthia Stout, OAH Magazine of History 26 (July 2012): 13-18.

"Hooked on Inquiry: History Labs in the Methods Course," History Teacher 45 (August 2012): 23-35.

“Teaching Nature, Culture, and History in the West: A Grand Canyon Multimedia Partnership,” with Paul Hirt, Journal of the West, Summer 2010. 

"Contact, Encounter, and Exchange at Esalen: A Window onto Late Twentieth-Century American Spirituality," Pacific Historical Review 77 (August 2008):  453-487.         

Book Reviews

The American Soul Rush: Esalen and the Rise of Spiritual Privilege. By Marion Goldman. (New York: New York University Press, 2012. xii + 207 pp. $30.00. Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions (Forthcoming 2013).

Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple. By Rebecca Moore. (Westport, Conn.:  Praeger Press, 2009. xi 179 pp. $34.95. Pacific Historical Review 79 (Aug 2010): 474-75.

On the Edge of the Future: Esalen and the Evolution of American Culture. By Jeffrey Kripal and Glenn W. Shuck, editors. (Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2005), Pacific Historical Review 76 (February 2007), 141-43.

Commissioned Works

“Coming to Manassas: Peace, War and the Making of a Virginia Community." A Historic Resource Study for the National Park Service. Brooklyn, NY: American Public History Laboratory, 2003.

“The Laurel Grove School: Educating the First Generation Born into Freedom." Brooklyn: American History Workshop, 2002.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Fuller, R. Buckminster, Jr. (1895–1983).” Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy. Ed. John                 Zumerchik.  3 vols. New York: Macmillan Reference, 2001. Vol. 2: 534-537. 

“Carson, Rachel (1907-1964).” Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy.  Ed. John Zumerchik.  3 vols.  New York: Macmillan Reference, 2001. Vol. 1:  221-223. 

K-20 Partnerships and Public History Projects

Professor Wood’s enjoys collaborative K-20 teacher scholar and public history projects. In 2014, she wrapped up the final year of the Northern Arizona History Academy Teaching American History U.S. Department of Education Grant (2010-14), the last in a series of TAH programs with which she has participated. Other projects include a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant-funded project, “Nature, Culture, and History at the Grand Canyon”; three Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History seminars; numerous Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources institutes and workshops, early work on the Sandra Day O’Connor ICivics digital games website; the Laurel Grove “Colored” School history project, and a NEH “Schools for the New Millennium” project at the University of Maryland.

Project Websites


Dr. Wood’s research and teaching has been funded by the Arizona Board of Regents, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Helios Foundation, Laurel Grove School Association, Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources, MacArthur Foundation, Montana Historical Society, National Park Service, National Endowment for the Humanities, NAU’s Faculty Grant Program, University of Maryland Grants, U.S. Department of Education, and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.