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Courtney Buchkoski

Courtney Buchkoski

Assistant Professor

Phone Number: 402.826.2161
Department: History
Primary Campus: Crete

Dr. Courtney Buchkoski is a historian of the nineteenth century United States, specializing in the American West and Civil War Era. She earned a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Alabama and an M.A. in history at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 2020, after which she taught at Texas Women's University and Southeast Community College.

Dr. Buchkoski researches the intersection of westward expansion, religion, and politics in the nineteenth-century United States. Her current project, The Middlemen of Manifest Destiny: Colonialism, Union, and Emigrant Aid in the Long Civil War Era explores how evangelical reformers imagined the American West as the key to the nation’s future and worked toward that vision using emigration aid companies to subsidize westward expansion. Her research has been funded by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Kansas State Historical Society.

Her essay “Growing up American: The Children’s Aid Society and the American West” is forthcoming November 2023 in Anne F. Hyde and Alexander Finkelstein (Eds.), Reconsidering Regions in an Era of New Nationalism from University of Nebraska Press. Her essay, “‘Luke-Warm Abolitionists’: Eli Thayer and the Contest for Civil War Memory, 1853-1899” was published in the Journal of the Civil War Era in 2019. She has published pedagogical articles in Perspectives on History and Gilcrease Magazine.

Dr. Buchkoski lives in Lincoln with her husband and four children.