Dr. Sandra Mathews-Benham

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Dr. Sandra Mathews-Benham

Professor of History
smathews [at] NebrWesleyan.edu

Old Main 303

Fall 2016

MWF 2:00-3:30

and by appointment

(402) 465-2442

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
– A. A. Milne

Ph.D.: U.S. West and Latin American History, University of New Mexico, 1998
M.A.: Latin American Studies (History and Political Science), University of New Mexico, 1988

Languages: Spanish
I have also studied Portuguese (fluency), Russian, German

New Mexico History
Borderlands History
American Indian History
Red Power: American Indian Activism in the 1960s
Reservation Era
US to 1877
US West
Women of the US West
Environmental History
Biography and Nebraska History
Founding of the Americas
Intro to Latin America
Revolutions in Latin America
History of Cuba
History of Mexico

US to 1877

Revolutions in Latin America

Enduring Humanity: What it Means to Be Human through the Lens of Star Trek: The Next Generation

[Recent only]

Nebraska Wesleyan Advisor of the Year Award, 2016

Nebraska Wesleyan Scholar Award, 2015-2016

Honor Award for Anthology, Nebraska Center for the Book, 2012
Renee Laegreid and Sandra Mathews, Eds., Women on the North American Plains (Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 2012)

Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá Award, Historical Society of New Mexico, 2012
Richard Melzer, Robert Torrez, and Sandra Mathews, A History of New Mexico Since Statehood (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2012)

Scholar Award, New Mexico State Historian/Historical Society of New Mexico, 2010-2011

Women's No-Drop Ride Leader
The Bike Rack's no-drop beginner and back-to-cycling women's summer ride coordinator (2016-present)

Sponsored Triathlete
TriSports Champions Team (2015-present)
OGIO Advisory Team (2014-present)
Vanderkitten VIP (2015-present)
Honey Stingers Sponsorship (2015-present)
RoadID Affiliate (2015-present)
Nuun Ambassador (2016-present)
Team Tough Chik (2015-present)
Gildan Esprit de SHE Race Ambassador (2015-present)
Sweat Pink Ambassador (2015-present)

* to date, I have completed more than 20 sprint and one long-course triathlons, numerous 5ks and 10ks, and one half marathon *