Michael Allen, Ph.D

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Selected Non-Refereed Articles and Book Chapters: “The View from the Rivers,” in Jon Lauk (ed.) The New Midwestern History (Iowa City, 2018); “Upper Cumberland Riverboating,” Calvin Dickinson and Michael Birdwell (eds.), The Upper Cumberland, (University of Tennessee Press 2017);  “John Ford Clymer: Life and Art of a Pacific Northwest Painter,” Columbia (Fall 2006), 20-25;  “Alligator Horses on the Old Mississippi,” The Waterways Journal 116 (August 19, 2002), 13-14; ibid., Part II (August 26, 2002);”Desert of Wheat: Zane Grey’s Contemporary Western,” Pacific Northwest Quarterly 91 (Fall 2000), 217-218; “Rodeo Tales,” Persimmon Hill (Winter, 2000); “Yakima Canutt: From Colfax to Hollywood,” Columbia, Magazine of Northwest History (Summer 1998); “Cowboyphobia, or The Emperors Wear No Duds” Journal of the West, (Fall 1997); “Who Was David Crockett?,” in Whiteaker and Dickinson (eds.) Tennessee in American History (1996); “Ken Kesey’s Last Go-Round,” The Ketch Pen 8 (Rodeo History Society, 1996); ‘”Hard Day’s Night’: The Beatles’ 1964 Seattle Concert,” Columbia (Summer 1996), 6-11; “The Rodeo Cowboy in Art: A Sampler,” Pacific Northwest Quarterly 86 (Winter 1996), 38-44; “Showdown at the PC Corral: Demise of the ‘New’ Western History,” Columbia 9 (Spring 1995), 3-5; “Beyond The ‘Endless Mountains’ The View From The Ohio River,” Queen City Heritage (Cincinnati Historical Society) 53 (Fall 1995), 33-39; “The Rodeo Art of Clifford P. Westermeier,” The Ketch Pen 7 (January 1995), 2-4; “Mabel Strickland, Rodeo Cowgirl,” Ibid., 6 (Dec-Jan 1993-94), 2-3; “Ellensburg’s Rodeo Grounds,” Ibid 6 (July 1993), 18-19;  “Let ‘er Buck! How the Ellensburg Rodeo Was Born,” Columbia 5 (Summer, 1990), 10-12; “Historical Works on Early American Rivermen,” Bookman’s Weekly, 78 (Nov, 24, 1986), 2141-43; “Reminiscences of a Common  Boatman, 1849-1851,”  Gateway Heritage 5 (Fall, 1984), 36-49; “Souvenirs  of a Controversy: The Cook-Peary Postal Cards,” Alaska Journal, 14 (Summer, l984),  54-57; “Life on the Mississippi–Towboat-Style,” The Lookout, 74 (June-July, 1982), 13-16; Over fifty additional newspaper articles, essays, and short stories in  Montana Magazine, Daily Missoulian (MT), Bridgeport,( Ill.) Leader and St. Francisville Times, Trenton (Ill.) Sun, Ellensburg Anthology, and Ellensburg Daily Record 
Book Reviews: Over fifty reviews in American Historical Review; Journal of American History; Western Historical Quarterly; Journal of Southern History; Journal of the Early Republic; Journal of the West; Middle West Review; Journal of Popular Culture; Pacific Northwest Quarterly; Oregon Historical Quarterly; Pacific Historical Review; John Whitmer Historical Association Journal; Gateway Heritage, Georgia Historical Quarterly, and others 
Paper Presentations: Over thirty paper presentations, commentaries, and addresses at Western History Association; Midwestern History Association; Pacific Northwest History Conference; Coast Branch, American Historical Association; Society of Historians of the Early American Republic; Phi Alpha Theta Northwest Regional Conference; Historic Natchez Foundation; Nebraska Historical Society Annual Meeting; Missouri Valley History Conference; Ohio Valley History Conference; John Whitmer Historical Association; and Mississippi Territory Bi-Centennial Conference 

Honors and Awards: Grand Marshal, 2018 Ellensburg Rodeo Parade; UWT Distinguished Research Award, 2013; Visiting Scholar, Yukon College, Whitehorse, YT, 2011; #1 New York Times Bestseller (Patriot’s History); Hammond Annual Lecture in Western History, University of Montana, 2008;  Curtiss Hill Memorial Lecturer, Washington State Historical Society, 2006; UWT Distinguished Teaching Award, 2005; Finalist, Teaching Award, 1993-5, 1999, 2001-04; Lysander Spooner Book Award for Patriot’s History USA, 2005; ASUWT President’s Excellence in Leadership and Service Award (2004); Finalist, Spur Award (Western Writers of America,  1998); Faculty, Princeton University Freedom and Society Seminar, Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) (1995-97); UWT Founders Grant (1995); Exchange Professor Tacoma Community College (1994); Phi Alpha Theta Book Award (1992); F. Leroy Hill Fellowship, IHS at George Mason University (1991); Huntington Library Fellow (1986); Arthur A. Denny Graduate Fellow (1984); John Pine Memorial Award (Phi Alpha Theta 1984); Claude R. Lambe Fellowship, IHS (1984); Newberry Library Fellow (1984); Washington Pioneer Daughters Scholarship (1983); Phi Alpha Theta International Paper Prize Awards (1974 & 1976); Honors Graduate, Central Washington State College (1974) 

2023: Mississippi River Valley:  The Course of American Civilization (Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University)              
2023: Ellensburg Rodeo’s First 100 Years: The Tradition Lives, 1923-2023 (orig., Ellensburg, 1997; updated ed. Seattle: Consolidated Printing, 2023), with John Ludkta 
2018: The Story of Liberty:  An 8th Grade History of the U.S., with John De Gree (San Clemente, CA, The Classical Historian)  
2011: A Patriot’s History Reader (New York: Sentinel/Penguin), with Larry Schweikart and Dave Dougherty
2006: Confederation Congress and the West, 1783-1787 (New York: Edwin Mellen Press) 
2004: A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’ Great Discovery to the War on Terror (New York: Sentinel/Penguin), with Larry Schweikart, #1 and New York Times bestseller   
1999: Frontiers of Western History: Origins, Evolution, and Future of Western History, with Mary L. Hanneman, (Needham, Massachusetts: Simon and Schuster Custom Press, second ed. 2007)
1998: Rodeo Cowboys in the North American Imagination (Reno: University of Nevada Press), finalist for Spur Award (Western Writers of America) 
1990: Western Rivermen, 1763-1861: Ohio and Mississippi Boatmen and the Myth of the Alligator Horse (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1990), winner of the Phi Alpha Theta Book Award 
Selected Refereed Articles: “The Mississippi Valley in American Civilization,” in progress; “Zion’s Landing: Riverboating in Old Nauvoo,” John Whitmer Historical Quarterly 39 (Spring/Summer 2019), 58-72; “The Mississippi Valley Origins of Rock and Roll Music,” Southern Quarterly, 52 (Spring 2015), 99-120; “Ikua Purdy, Yakima Canutt, and Pete Knight: Continuity and Tradition Among Pacific Basin Rodeo Cowboys,” Journal of the West, 45 (Spring 2006), 43-50; “ ‘I Just Want to be a Cosmic Cowboy’: Hippies, Cowboy Code, and the Culture of a Counter-Culture” Western Historical Quarterly, 36 (Autumn 2005), 275-299; “ “Real Cowboys? The Origins and Evolution of North American Rodeo,” Journal of the West, 37 (January 1998) 69-79; ” ‘When the Cowboys Are Indians and the Indians Are Cowboys’: Plains and Plateau Indian Rodeo Riders in Literature,” Pacific Northwest Forum 10 (Fall-Winter 1996), 94-111; “The ‘New’ Western History Stillborn,” The Historian (Fall 1994), 201-08; “‘Row Boatmen Row!,’: Songs of the Early Ohio and Mississippi Boatmen,” Gateway Heritage (Missouri Historical Society) 14 (Winter 1993-94), 46-59; “Rise and Decline of the Early Rodeo Cowgirl: The Career of Mabel Strickland, 1916-41” Pacific Northwest Quarterly 83 (October 1992), 122-27; “The Ohio: Artery of Movement,” in Robert L. Reid, ed.,  Always A River: The Ohio River and the American Experience (Bloomington: Indiana  University Press, 1991),105-29; “The Riverman As Jacksonian Man,” Western Historical Quarterly, 21 (August, 1990), 305-20; “Justice For The Indians: The Federalist Quest,” Essex Institute Historical Collections, 122 (April, 1986), 124-41; “Sired By A Hurricane: Mike Fink, Western Boatmen, and the Myth of the Alligator Horse,” Arizona and the West, 27 (Autumn, 1985), 237-52; “The Lower Mississippi in 1803: The Travelers’ View,”  Missouri Historical Review, 77 (April, 1983) 253-71; “Anti-Federalism and Libertarianism,”  Reason Papers, 7 (Spring, 1981), 73-94; “The Federalists and the West, 1783-1803,” Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, 61  (October, 1978), 315-32; “Jay, Gardoqui, and the Mississippi River Debate, 1785-1787,” Tennessee Historical Quarterly, 36 (Winter, 1977), 447-67