Donna Devlin

Graduate Student; Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Teaching Assistant Profile Image
Graduate Student; Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Teaching Assistant History (402) 472-2414 922 Oldfather Hall



Donna is a Ph.D. student in History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a focus on nineteenth century America. Her interests lie in examining the legal, political, and social challenges associated with the expansion of America’s borders during the antebellum period and as a result of the Civil War. In particular, her research topics include: the settlement policies of the frontier territories, especially those affected by the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the subsequent dissolution of Native American lands; the legal discrepancies of land claims in Territorial Kansas; and, the regional and territorial unrest in the nineteenth century as a result of the changing and dynamic political landscape.

Prior to studying at the University of Nebraska, Donna spent eleven years in the Kansas public school system teaching 7-12 Social Studies. She also has regularly taught U.S. History survey courses and a National Government course for Cloud County Community College as an adjunct instructor.


James Henry Lane: Popular Sovereignty Advocate for Territorial Kansas

Advisor: Dan Monroe, Millikin University


Chancellor’s Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, awarded 2017

James Madison Memorial Fellowship, awarded 2010

Visiting Lecturer at the Bleeding Kansas Lecture Series, Constitution Hall, Lecompton, KS, 2013


M.A. (MAHG), Ashland University, Ohio, 2012

B.S., Fort Hays State University, Kansas, 2006

B.A., Fort Hays State University, Kansas, 2006

A.S., Fort Hays State University, Kansas, 1992


19th Century U.S.;
Westward Expansionism;
Kansas Territorial Period;
Antebellum U.S.;
American Constitutionalism