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Rebecca Scofield

Associate Professor of History

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Rebecca Scofield is an associate professor of American history. Her research focuses on the history of gender and sexuality, the American West, and popular performance.

She has published articles on the 1980s urban cowboy, Dolly Parton's body politics, and Idaho women's history. Her first book Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the America West (Univ. of Washington Press, 2019) examines how marginalized groups, such as gay men and incarcerated people, used rodeo to assert their place in a national mythology.

She is the Principle Investigator for the Gay Rodeo Oral History Project , co-creator of the web exhibit Voices of Gay Rodeo, and co-author of the verbatim theater piece That Damn Horse: The Stories of Gay Rodeo. She is currently co-authoring a second book entitled Slapping Leather: Sport and Performance at the Gay Rodeo.

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