The University of Iowa

Katherine Massoth

U.S. Women and Gender History, U.S-Mexico borderlands, Nineteenth-Century American West

EDUCATION
Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) – History, October 2008 – Present
University of Iowa

Dissertation: “As is the Custom of the Country”: Gender, Cultural Practices, and Ethnic Identity in New Mexico and Arizona, 1846-1930
Dissertation Committee: Co-Directors: Leslie Schwalm and Omar Valerio-Jiménez; Catherine Komisaruk, and Shelton Stromquist.
Primary Field: United States Women’s and Gender History (1776-1920), with a focus on women’s labor, the  American West, and borderlands history; with Leslie Schwalm and Omar Valerio-Jiménez.
Secondary Field: United States Cultural History (1820-1920); with Douglas Baynton.
Tertiary Field: Colonial and Nineteenth Century Latin American History; with Catherine Komisaruk.
Comprehensive Exams: Completed, March 26, 2010
Dissertation Prospectus Approved: February 23, 2011
M.A. – History, October 2008
University of Iowa
Primary Field: Nineteenth-Century United States History
Secondary Field: Latin American History
Thesis: “Writing an Honorable Remembrance: Nineteenth-Century Female Latter-day Saint Autobiography as  Both Evidence of and Lessons on Faith”
Committee: Leslie Schwalm, Douglas Baynton, and Jeffrey Cox
B.A. – History, June 2007
Minor in Spanish
University of California at Irvine
Cum Laude
Area of Concentration: United States History
Advisors: Sharon Block and David Igler
B.A. – Social Science, June 2007
Specialization in Secondary School Education
University of California at Irvine
Magna Cum Laude
Honors in Social Science
Honors Thesis: “The Effects of War on Education through Level of Education, Expenditures, Enrollment,  Average Daily Attendance, Length of Term, Gender and Graduation Rate during World War II and the Vietnam War: A Quantitative Study”
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Presidential Graduate Fellowship, fall 2007 – present, University of Iowa
Ann Leger-Anderson Fellowship, 2011-2012, Department of History, University of Iowa
Elizabeth Bennett Ink Fellowship, 2011-2012, Department of History, University of Iowa
Annaley Naegle Redd Student Award in Women’s History, 2011, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies,   BYU
New Mexico’s Office of the State Historian’s Scholars Program Fellowship, 2011, Office of the State  Historian, New Mexico
University of Iowa Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students Professional Advancement  Grant, fall 2010, University of Iowa
Graduate Student Senate Travel Funds Award, fall 2010 & fall 2011, University of Iowa
Department of History Graduate Student Travel Funding, summer 2008 & fall 2010, University of Iowa
Mormon History Association Student Scholarship, summer 2008, Mormon History Association
PUBLICATIONS
“Writing an Honorable Remembrance: Nineteenth-Century Female Latter-day Saint Autobiography as Both Evidence  of and Lessons on Faith” in Journal of Mormon History, forthcoming.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLIC LECTURES
Western History Association Annual Conference, fall 2011
Roundtable on Teaching Gender in the American West
Paper Presented: “Teaching Gender History using a Borderlands Approach”
Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico, June 2011
New Mexico History Scholars Lecture Series
“Prickly Pears, Serapes, Pueblos and Tortillas: Women in the New Mexico Territory, 1846–1866”
Western History Association Annual Conference, fall 2010
Paper Presented: “‘Writing an Honorable Remembrance’: Nineteenth Century Female Latter-day  Saint Autobiography as Both Evidence of and Lessons on Faith”
Mormon History Association Annual Conference, summer 2008
Paper Presented: “Replenishing the Faith: The Experience of Female Converts on the American Frontier,  1820-1860”
May Brodbeck Symposium: New Directions in Women’s and Gender History, spring 2008
Symposium created by Linda K. Kerber
Paper Presented: “Formulaic Visions: Women’s Narratives from the Nineteenth Century Church of Latter-Day  Saints”
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Annual Symposium, May 2006
Paper Presented: “The Effects of War on Education through Level of Education, Expenditures,  Enrollment, Average Daily Attendance, Length of Term, Gender and Graduation Rate during World War II  and Vietnam War: A Quantitative Study”            
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Graduate Instructor, spring 2010, fall 2010, spring 2011, fall 2011
University of Iowa
Courses: Gender and Labor in the American West, & The West as Myth, The West as Home
 
Graduate Teaching Assistant, fall 2009
University of Iowa
Course:  American History Survey (1492-1877)
Professor: Jacki Rand

Graduate Teaching Assistant, spring 2009
University of Iowa
Course:  Western Civilization III (1789 – Present)
Professor: Marshall Poe

Graduate Teaching Assistant, fall 2008
University of Iowa
Course: Western Civilization III (1789 – Present)
Professor: Glenn Penny

COMMITTEES AND UNIVERSITY SERVICE
Graduate History Society at the University of Iowa
Secretary & Treasurer – Spring 2008 – spring 2009, and fall 2010 – spring 2011
HerStory Project – Council on the Status of Women at the University of Iowa
Secretary & Treasurer – fall 2010 – fall 2011
ASSOCIATIONS
American Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
Western History Association
Coalition for Western Women's History
LANGUAGES
English – native language
Spanish – speak, write, and read with advanced competence