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Rebecca Scofield

Associate Professor of History; Chair of the Department of History, University of Idaho

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" (University 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 has also co-authored a second book entitled "Slapping Leather: Queer Cowfolx at the Gay Rodeo," currently under review.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of History, University of Idaho