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Josie Hoien

Josie is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and certificates in Native American and Indigenous Studies and Western American Studies.

“She brings such an infectious energy and enthusiasm to every interaction I’ve had with her. Whether it was in the introductory course on the American West or her independent study of dance in the West, she dives in deep and considers all the complexities of an issue. And she’s a wonderful writer of emails and essays. I’m excited to see where these qualities lead her in life!”

-Brooke Neely, Research Fellow

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Shelby Litton

Shelby is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geological Science and a certificate in Western American Studies.

“She is a wonderful mix of spunky and warm and engaging. In her studies of the American West, she married her passion for geology with a genuine interest in the human implications of these scientific processes (e.g. how various forms of gold deposits led to Euro-American settlement in California). And she always brings a welcome dose of humor!”

-Brooke Neely, Research Fellow

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RJ Mooney

RJ is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and a certificate in Western American Studies.

“Every time I meet with RJ, I can almost see the thoughts churning in his mind. He thinks carefully and deeply about the issues facing Westerners. And he marries an interest in analyzing complex ideas and questions with a desire to find practical solutions to the seemingly intractable conflicts around agriculture, grazing, water, and development. He also always infuses some humor and a smile into every conversation!”

-Brooke Neely, Research Fellow

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