Rebecca Wingo

Rebecca Shirley Wingo

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Director of Public History

McMicken Hall

A&S History - 0373

Professional Summary

Rebecca S. Wingo's research centers on the long nineteenth century with a focus on the Indigenous and American West. Her most recent co-authored book (with Richard Edwards and Jacob K. Friefeld), Homesteading the Plains: Toward a New History (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), won the 2018 Nebraska Book Prize for Nonfiction. 

She is working on two other books. Her current monograph, Housing the Crows: Adult Indian Education and Cultural Conflict, chronicles the Crow Nation's engagement with American empire-building in the assimilation era. Just as government and missionary schools were key sites of assimilation for indigenous children, houses were key sites of cultural contestations and education for adults. Her work on federal documents, ethnographic sources, and a unique cache of photographic collections suggests that the introduction of frame housing on the Crow Reservation was not just part of some material shortage; rather, it attempted to restructure the relationships the Crows had to the house, to the land, and to each other.

She also specializes in digital and public history, particularly examining tools that empower citizen scholars and aid them in co-creation of history. Her second manuscript in progress, Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy, is a co-edited volume (with Jason Heppler and Paul Schadewald) that seeks to establish a series of best practices for community engagement. They use promising examples of projects that emerged through the creative engagement of academic faculty, staff, and students with community partners in an effort to illustrate some of benefits and challenges in successful projects.


B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (History, American Indian Studies): 2005

M.A., Montana State University (Native American Studies): 2009

Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln (History): 2015

Positions and Work Experience

2015 -2018 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Liberal Arts, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota

2018 - Assistant Professor of History, Director of Public History, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Research Support

Grant: #R25099 Investigators:Wingo, Rebecca 03-01-2021 -03-31-2023 UC's URC Faculty Scholars Program URC-Faculty Scholars Res Awd-Wingo Role:PI $25,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC


Peer Reviewed Publications

Rebecca S. Wingo (2018. ) "'The Forgotten Era': Dime Novels and Ann Stephens' Victorian West" .Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, , 33 (3 ) ,121-140

Rebecca S. Wingo (2016. ) "Picturing Indian Health: Dr. Shoemaker's Traveling Photographs, 1910-1918)" .Montana: The Magazine of Western History, , 66 (4 ) ,23-43

Other Publications

Rebecca S. Wingo, Alexis Logsdon, and Christopher Schommer (2018. ) "Going Viral: Copyright Lessons from Max the Cat" .College & Research Libraries News, 79 (7 ) ,

Rebecca S. Wingo (2018. ) "'This is All the Home I Now Have:' Deserted and Widowed Nebraska Homesteaders" .Rural Women's Studies Association Blog,

Rebecca S. Wingo and Kalani Craig (2017. ) "What Do Digital Historians Want? Lessons from the AHA's Digital History Workshop" .Perspectives on History, American Historical Association

Rebecca S. Wingo and Amy Sullivan (2017. ) "Remembering Rondo: An Inside View of the History Harvest" .Perspectives on History, American Historical Association

Published Books

Richard Edwards, Jacob K. Friefeld, and Rebecca S. Wingo (2017. ) Homesteading the Plains: Toward a New History .Lincoln, Nebraska , University of Nebraska Press

Rebecca S. Wingo, Jason Heppler, and Paul Schadewald, eds. Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy .Cincinnati, Ohio , University of Cincinnati Press

Rebecca S. Wingo Housing the Crows: Adult Education and Cultural Conflict .

Book Chapter

Rebecca S. Wingo and William G. Thomas, III Building Communities, Reconciling Histories: Can We Reach a More Honest History? The Handbook of Digital Public History .De Gruyter Press

Rebecca S. Wingo (2015 ) "Popular Culture" A Companion to Custer and the Little Big Horn Campaign .(pp. 404-422).Hoboken, Wiley and Sons

Contact Information

320C McMicken Hall
Phone: 513-556-2140