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Rebecca Scofield

Assistant Professor


311 C Administration Building



Mailing Address

History Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3175

Rebecca Scofield is an assistant professor of twentieth century American history. Her research focuses on the history of gender and sexuality, the American West, and popular culture. Her current book project, titled Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the American West, analyzes the ways in which marginalized communities have used rodeo over the twentieth century to make claims to national belonging through the performance of concepts like authenticity, heritage and tradition. The various forms of rodeo she explores include gay rodeo and prison rodeo. 

Ph.D., American Studies, Harvard University, 2015

M.A., Regional Studies: East Asia, Harvard University, 2011

B.A., History, Willamette University, 2008

Rebecca Scofield is an assistant professor of history, focusing on the history of gender and sexuality, popular culture, and the American West. Born and raised in Idaho, she is interested in how people enact popular ideas about the West in their everyday lives. She is currently working on the Gay Rodeo Oral History Project, gathering vital information about how gay men and women have built a vibrant community and experienced rodeo over the past forty years. Her other work includes country-western icons like Dolly Parton and mechanical bull riding. Her current book project analyzes various forms of rodeo, including gay rodeo and prison rodeo, in order to scrutinize narratives of authenticity in the popular performance of the American West. This project is titled, “Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the American West."

  • American studies program.
  • History of gender and sexuality in the American West

  • With Katherine Aiken, "Balance Act: Idaho's Campaign got Woman Suffrage," Western Legal History 30, no. 1 & 2 (2019): 33-44
  • Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the American West (under contract with University of Washington Press).
  • "Chaps and Scowls': Play, Violence, and the post-1970s Urban Cowboy." The Journal of American Culture 40, no. 4 (December 2017): 325-340.
  • "Nipped, Tucked, or Sucked': Dolly Parton and the Construction of the Authentic Body." Journal of Popular Culture 49, no. 3 (2016), 660-677
  • "Nailed It: Producing and Consuming In Tokyo's Nail Industry. In Fashioning the Global City," ed. Claudia Brazzale. Special Issue, Streetnotes 20 (2012): 111-133.

  • Hoffman Award in Teaching Excellence, University of Idaho, 2019
  • Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship, 2019-2020
  • Digital Scholarship Fellow, UI Center for Digital Learning and Inquiry, 2018
  • Seed Grant, University of Idaho, 2016-2017
  • Merit Fellow, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Spring 2015
  • Research Seed Grant, Center for American Political Studies, Spring 2015
  • Research Fellow, Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History, Fall 2014
  • Research Grant, The Open Gate, The Harvard Gary and Lesbian Caucus, Fall 2014
  • Distinction in Teaching Award, Bok Center, Harvard University, Spring 2014
  • Visiting Fellow, the Autry National Center of the American West, 2013
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellow, 2010-2014


Physical Address:
315 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
History Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, ID 83844-3175

Phone: 208-885-6253

Fax: 208-885-5221


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