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Faculty Image Nancy Cook
Office: LA 124
Phone: (406) 243-2963


Current Position:

Associate Professor

Co-President, Western Literature Association

Field Of Study:

Western American Studies, Literature of Place, Literature and the Environment, 19th, 20th, and 21st century American Literature and Culture


Fall 2011:  Lit 521:  The Elemental West

Spring 2011:  Lit 494: Capstone: Imagining Sustainability in American Culture

                      Lit 342: Montana Writers

Fall 2010:  ENLT 521: The Literary West and Historical Consciousness


A.B. Occidental College

Ph.D. SUNY Buffalo

Teaching Experience:

Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island

Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island

Assistant Professor, University of Montana

Lecturer, Clark University

Visiting Lecturer, WPI

Teaching Fellow, SUNY-Buffalo


Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), American Studies Association, Center for Great Plains Studies, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publication (SHARP), Western Literature Association

International Experience:

In 2010 I presented lectures in the Basque country of Spain as the guest of the U.S. Embassy.

Selected Publications:

"Framing Class in the Rural West: Cowboys, Double-Wides, and McMansions," in A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West, Ed. Nicolas Witschi, Oxford: Blackwell, 2011.

"Home on the Range: Montana Romance Novels and Geographies of Hope," in All Our Stories are Here, Ed. Brady Harrison, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.

"Writing Water in the West: Reclaiming the Language of Reclamation," in The Bureau of Reclamation: History Essays from the Centennial Symposium, Ed. Brit Stroey, Denver: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, 2008.

"The Romance of Ranching, or Selling Place-Based Fantasies in/of the West," in Postwestern Cultures: Literature, Theory, Space, Ed. Susan Kollin, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.