Brenden Rensink, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of History, University of Nebraska at Kearney
103J Copeland Hall, Kearney, NE 68849 (308) 865-8671
2011-13 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska at Kearney
2011-12 Adjunct Instructor, Nebraska Wesleyan University
2008-11 Lecturer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2003-07 Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2010 Ph.D. in History, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
2006 M.A. in History, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
2003 B.A. in History, Brigham Young University
Research and Scholarship
2014 Native but Foreign: Transnational Cree, Chippewa and Yaqui Refugees and Immigrants in the U.S-Canadian and U.S.-Mexican Borderlands, 1880-present. Connecting the Greater West Series, Sterling Evans, ed. College Station: Texas A&M Press, under contract.
2014 Historical Dictionary of the Discovery and Exploration of the American Frontier. New York: Scarecrow Press/Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, under contract. Co-author, Jay H. Buckley.
Developing Borderlands, Boundaries, and the Histories of Indigenous Peoples in the Western Hemisphere. Coeditor, Jeffrey P. Shepherd. In development.
Book Chapters, Anthology Contributions:
2011 “Cree Contraband or Contraband Crees: Early Montanan Experiences with Transnational Natives and the Formation of Lasting Prejudice, 1880-1885.” In Smugglers, Brothels, and Twine: Historical Perspectives on Contraband and Vice in North America’s Borderlands, Andrae Marak and Elaine Carey, eds., 24-43. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2011. 2012 “Dare to Compare: Attempting Comparative Borderlands and Transnational History.” Borderlands History Blog. http://borderlandshistory.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/dare-to-compare-attempting-comparative-transnational-and-borderlands-history/ 2013 Kearny’s March: The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846-1847, by Winston Groom. Military History of the West, Forthcoming. 2009 “Transborder Indigenous Migration and Refugee Experiences.” Roundtable Panel title: “Both Borders: A Roundtable on Researching and Writing on the West’s Mexican and Canadian Borderlands,” chaired by Dr. Ben Johnson. Western History Association 49th Annual Conference, October 2009. Denver, CO. 2012 “America: 1770-1945.” Panel Chair. Missouri Valley History Conference, March 2012. Omaha, NE.
Teaching and Advising
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
U.S. West to 1900
U.S. West to the Present
Other Teaching and Research Interests:
19th and 20th Century U.S. Social History
Comparative Colonial History
Race and Ethnicity in America
U.S.-Mexican and U.S.-Canadian Borderlands
U.S. West in Global Comparison
Regional Native American Histories
Regional Western Histories
Immigration and Labor History
The Gilded Age and Progressive Era
F.D.R., New Deal and the Great Depression
American Indian Environment/Natural Resources
Latin American History
Comparative Genocide Studies
Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
Graduate Thesis and Dissertation Committee Service:
2013 Laura Enomoto. Co-advisor. Thesis in progress.
2012 Shelley R. Frear. “The Genoa Indian School, A Mixed Legacy: 50 Years of Transformation, survival, and Hope in a United States Government Indian Boarding School on the Nebraska Plains.” M.A. Thesis, Department of History, University of Nebraska at Kearney. 2006-07 Research Assistantship, UNL Bureau for Sociological Research Associate Professor and Director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies