Rebecca Jager, Ph.D.
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
With UI Since 2010
Department of History
Ph.D., History, 2002, University of New Mexico
M.A., History, 1999, University of New Mexico
B.A., History, 1996, University of New Mexico
Modern America, U.S. West, Gender
Rebecca Jager was raised in the Mid-West before she journeyed East to attend Centenary College where she studied fashion. Unable to find what she was looking for in the urban East, Becky made her way West and found her passion in the history department at the University of New Mexico. She and her family chose Moscow, Idaho as their home in 2004 where they could enjoy skiing, hiking, and riding the rapids in Idaho's scenic rivers and mountains. She is currently in the final stages of her book on Indian women and their role as cultural intermediaries during frontier cultural collision, due to be published by Oklahoma Press 2011.
Rebecca Jager is an Olympic level swim coach and has coached since 1985. She was fortunate to travel the world and attend two Olympics (1988 & 1992) as an elite coach. She continues to guide student athletes on the UI campus as a volunteer assistant to the Vandal Swim Team. She established and runs a successful youth swim program, Gold Medal Swim Club, for the community of Moscow.
Jager, Rebecca, Indian Women as Cultural Intermediaries: Negotiating the Collision of Cultures on Multi-ethnic Frontiers (Norman: Oklahoma Press, 2011)
Rebecca Jager is drawn to research topics that provide opportunities to analyze race, gender, and national identity in America, with a particular focus on negotiation, accommodation, and conflict in the American experience. Her current research endeavor is a social history through the lens of sports (Olympic, collegiate, and professional).
- "Indian Women as Culture Brokers" Spokane Corral of Westerners International Society, 2010.
- "Malinche in the Middle" University of Idaho, Interdisciplinary Brown Bag Lecture Series, 2009.
- "Balancing Two Worlds: Family and Career" University of Idaho, Network of Enlightened Women, 2009.
- "Suffrage Centennial Workshop" Washington State High School Teachers, 2009.
- National Motivational Speaking (for athletes, students, coaches, and parents) 1989-present.
"Enduring a Long Athletic Career"
"Dealing with Success and Failure"
"Juggling Academics and Sports"
"The Olympic Experience"