Dr. Sandra Mathews-Benham

Professor of History
(402) 465-2442
smathews [at] NebrWesleyan.edu
Old Main 319
Office hours: 

Fall 2014
M/W 2:15-3:30pm
T/Th 2:00-3:00
And by appointment


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

Teaching philosophy: 

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

Courses taught: 

US to 1877
New Mexico History
Borderlands History
American Indian History
Red Power: American Indian Activism in the 1960s
Reservation Era
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

Course schedule: 

AWS: Enduring Humanity: What it Means to be Human through the Lens of ST:TNG (MWF 10-11:10)
Environmental History (MWF 1-2:10)
Women of the US West (T/Th 12:15-1:50)

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards: 

[Recent only]

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

Sponsored Triathlete
TriSports Champions Team (2015-present)
OGIO Advisory Team (2014-present)
Vanderkitten VIP (2015-present)
Honey Stingers Sponsorship (2015-present)
Nuun Ambassador (2016-present)
Team Tough Chik (2015-present)
Sweat Pink Ambassador (2015-present)