Virginia Scharff


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Internal Advisory Board

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Dr. Virginia Scharff is Associate Provost for Faculty Development and a Distinguished Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico. Scharff received a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Yale University in 1974 and then went on to receive her doctorate degree in History from the University of Arizona in 1987. She has published numerous books including Taking the Wheel: Women and the Coming of the Motor Age (1991); Twenty Thousand Roads: Women, Movement, and the West (2003); The Women Jefferson Loved (NY Times Editor’s Choice, 2010); Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West (2015), two textbooks, Present Tense: The United States Since 1945 (1996); and Coming of Age: America in the Twentieth Century (1998); Home Lands:  How Women Made the West(coauthored with Carolyn Brucken, 2010); and the edited volume, Seeing Nature Through Gender (2003). She was a Beinecke Research Fellow in the Lamar Center for Frontiers and Borders at Yale University (2008-2009), and is Chair of Western Women’s History at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, and a Fellow and Executive Board Member of the Society of American Historians.