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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
FELLOWSHIPS AND HONORS
Center for the Great Plains Graduate Fellow, 2018
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