Associate Professor and Chair
311 C Administration Building
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3175
Rebecca Scofield is an associate professor of American history. Her research focuses on the history of gender and sexuality, the American West, and popular performance. She has published articles on the 1980s urban cowboy, Dolly Parton's body politics, and Idaho women's history. Her first book Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the America West (Univ. of Washington Press, 2019) examines how marginalized groups, such as gay men and incarcerated people, used rodeo to assert their place in a national mythology. She is the Principle Investigator for the Gay Rodeo Oral History Project , co-creator of the web exhibit Voices of Gay Rodeo, and co-author of the verbatim theater piece That Damn Horse: The Stories of Gay Rodeo. She is currently co-authoring a second book entitled Slapping Leather: Sport and Performance at the Gay 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 associate professor of American history, specializing in gender and sexuality in the US West. Born and raised in Emmett, Idaho, she is interested in how people enact popular ideas about the West in their everyday lives. Her work bridges academic and public-facing projects as she collaborates to bring history to life through theater, web exhibits, and podcasts. 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 practices like mechanical bull riding. Building off her first book project, Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the America West (Univ. of Washington Press, 2019), she is co-authoring a second book entitled Slapping Leather: Sport and Performance at the Gay Rodeo, under contract with the Univ. of Washington Press.
- 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 (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2019)
- "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.
- Presidential Research Fund on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grant, University of Idaho, 2021
- 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 Gay 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