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Laura Woodworth-Ney

Idaho State University | History

Laura Woodworth-Ney is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Idaho State University. Her former administrative appointments include chair of the department of history and co-director of women studies. A prolific scholar of history and the humanities, Woodworth-Ney has authored more than 30 articles, book reviews, and scholarly essays, as well as three books (several co-authored). Woodworth-Ney is a graduate of the Bryn Mawr HERS Institute for higher education leaders, a member of the Academic Forum for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and a member of the Board of Directors for the Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University, Provo. An award-winning editor, she is the former editor-in-chief of Idaho Yesterdays, the state historical society’s scholarly journal; a founding co-editor of Idaho Landscapes, the Idaho State Historical Society’s magazine of Idaho history, politics and culture; the founding editor of the Women’s Western Voices book series at the University of Arizona Press; and is a member of the editorial board for the Pacific Northwest Quarterly. Woodworth-Ney is an active public speaker on the topics of culture, history and higher education. Recently she presented at the Indus Summit in Hyderabad, India. She is currently writing a history of the culture of the irrigation movement in the arid North American West (including Canada and the United States). Woodworth-Ney is committed to historic preservation at the local, state and national levels. She has been a member of historical commissions in Texas, Missouri and Idaho, and serves on the board of directors for the State of Idaho Historical Sites Review Board. She has also served as a panel reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities and as a committee member for the National Council on Public History. Woodworth-Ney earned a bachelor degree in English from the University of Idaho, and a PhD in American history and public history from Washington State University. Woodworth-Ney is a fourth-generation Idahoan, and lives in Pocatello with her husband and son.

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