College of Arts and Sciences

Tracey Hanshew

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of History
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Tracey HanshewClinical Assistant Professor, HistoryCIC 202K509-372-7390
  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
  • M.S., Syracuse University
  • B.A. in History, Tarleton State University

Joined WSU Tri-Cities in 2017

Academic Interests


  • Women in the American West
  • History of Women in American Society
  • Peoples of the United States
  • Independent Study Courses


  • My research explores feminism in the rural American West focused on ranching women and cowgirls as they worked, traveled, and competed in the masculine sport of rodeo. I examine how ranching conditions in remote territories in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries altered existing ideals of gender roles resulting in new norms that combined ideals about women’s duties with their work, specifically masculine ranch-hand type labor, and feminine qualities to create the cowgirl.
Professional Associations, Affiliations, Committees

Member: Coalition for Western Women’s History, Popular Culture Association Rural Women’s Studies Association, Washington State Historical Society Western History Association Advisory Board to Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, 1900 to present, 2018-Present Rural Women’s Studies Association: Conference Planning Committee, Guelph University, Guelph, Ontario, Canada 2018-2021 Rural Women’s Studies Association: Membership and Communication Coordinator for the United States. 2018-Present

Professional Achievements and Awards

Grants: The Helmerich Center for American Research Visiting Scholar Fall 2018 OSU Foundation Distinguished Graduate Fellowship 2016-2017 Honors and Awards: Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award College of Liberal Arts, University of Central Oklahoma, 2015-16 Muriel H. Wright Award from the Oklahoma Historical Society for the article “Rodeo in Oklahoma is Women’s Business: How Lucille Mulhall’s Fame Created Opportunity in Rodeo” published in the Chronicles of Oklahoma, April 2015 Phi Alpha Theta; 1999-Present

University Service

Running Start Faculty Advisory Committee 2018-Present Undergraduate Studies Committee, 2018-Present Faculty Mentor to History Majors 2017-Present

Recent publications

The American Yawp, (contributor) Stanford University Press, January 2019. “Rodeo in Oklahoma is Women’s Business: How Lucille Mulhall’s Fame Created Opportunity in Rodeo” The Chronicles of Oklahoma, Vol. XCII, no. 3, Fall 2014

Learn more about a degree in History.