Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Liberal Arts

Old Main 213, 651-696-6508

Rebecca Wingo joined Macalester in 2015 at the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Liberal Arts through the Serie Center. She received her M.A. in Native American Studies from Montana State University and her Ph.D. in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There she also completed certificates in Digital Humanities and Great Plains Studies.

Dr. Wingo teaches one class every Spring in digital history. This year she is teaching a course on the Rondo community, a historically Black neighborhood in St. Paul intentionally bisected by the construction of I-94 in the 1960s. This course blends community outreach and service with digital and public history. Students will create an archive of current Rondo community’s material culture in conjunction with the construction of a Rondo memorial plaza. The class will meet simultaneously with Dr. Amy Sullivan’s oral history course, also focused on Rondo.

She has two current works in progress. The first is a co-authored manuscript that reexamines the Homestead Act of 1862 and its participants, drawing particularly on a case study of ten townships in central and western Nebraska. The second project uses photography to examine the built environment on the Crow Reservation in south-central Montana from 1880-1934. This period encompasses an enormous amount of change as the Crow moved from their lodges into frame houses under the watchful eye of the federal government’s Indian Agents and field service employees. The Crow integrated the most sacred qualities of their former lodges into their new agency homes, and used housing as a gendered site of negotiation in their efforts to blunt the sharp edges of coercive assimilation.