Brooke Neely

Brooke Neely is a Research Fellow at the Center of the American West. She works on a range of applied research and outreach projects at the Center that focus on public history, community engagement, and diversity/inclusion in the American West. These include 1) a partnership with the National Park Service that seeks to enhance the interpretation of American Indian histories in the parks; 2) an update and reproduction of the Center’s play The Urban/Rural Divorce that explores the divides between urban and rural residents in the West; and 3) a variety of outreach efforts to museums and K-12 educators in the region. Brooke also oversees and advises the Center’s undergraduate internship program, which places students at local organizations, and she teaches the Center’s introductory course, The American West (CAMW 2001). She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. in sociology from Whitman College. When not at the Center, she can be found running after her two daughters or enjoying a still moment with her husband.