Leisl Carr-Childers

Department of History
Faculty - Assistant Professor of History


Public History and the American West


Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2011; M.A., Pepperdine University, 2005; B.A., Pepperdine University, 1993

Selected Publications

The Size of the Risk: An Environmental History of the Great Basin. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. Under Contract. In progress.

“The Rhetoric of Individual Rights on Public Land: The Sagebrush Rebellion in the Rural Great Basin,” The Rural West. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press. In progress.

“Incident at Galisteo: The 1955 Teapot Series and the Mental Landscape of Contamination,” Proving Grounds: Military Bases, Weapons Testing, and the Environmental Impact of American Empire. In progress. 

“Every Mine, Every Cow Camp, Every Ranch Near the Nevada Test Site: Oral History as Field Work,” Oral History, Community, and Work in the American West. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2013.

“Gallery: Leisl Carr Childers on the Gus Bundy Photographs and the Wild Horse Controversy,” Environmental History, July 2013: 604-620.

“National Parks as a Vehicle for Understanding Complexity,” Journal of the West, Summer 2012: 62-83.

“Field Notes: Black-Light Shows and the National Finals Rodeo: Curating Gene Autry’s Cowboy Spectacle,” Western Historical Quarterly, Fall 2010: 353-361.

“The National Finals Rodeo: Evolution of an Urban Entertainment Phenomenon,” Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, Winter 2008: 267-291.

“Rationalizing the Cold War Home Front,” Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Technology and Society Magazine, Fall 2008: 13-18.

Courses Taught

Applying History: The Public Alternative

Oral History

History of the West

Internship in Historical Studies


SRL 318