Van Nuys, Frank 1961–
Van Nuys, Frank 1961–
PERSONAL: Born July 20, 1961, in Rapid City, SD; son of Kelvin (a college professor) and Rena (a college professor; maiden name, Levander) Van Nuys; married Janet Edwards (a realtor), July 27, 1986; children: Maya. Education: South Dakota State University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1984; California State University, Chico, M.A. (with distinction), 1993; University of Wyoming, Ph.D., 1997. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Society of Friends (Quakers).
CAREER: Substitute teacher at public schools in Rapid City, SD, 1986–89; University of Wyoming, Laramie, temporary assistant lecturer, 1996–99, historian for Elderhostel Programs, 1999–2000, outreach instructor, 2001–02; Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, WY, adjunct instructor in history, 1998–99; Northern Michigan University, Marquette, visiting assistant professor of history, 2000–02; South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, assistant professor of history, 2002–. Wyoming Territorial Prison Museum, humanities scholar and director of historical research team, 1998–99; Journey Museum, Rapid City, SD, member of exhibits committees.
MEMBER: Organization of American Historians, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, Western History Association, Wyoming State Historical Society.
AWARDS, HONORS: John Topham and Susan Redd Butler faculty research award, Brigham Young University's Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 1999–2000; citation for "outstanding academic title," Choice, 2002, and Western Writers of America Spur Award finalist in modern non-fiction category, 2003, both for Americanizing the West: Race, Immigrants, and Citizenship, 1890–1930.
Americanizing the West: Race, Immigrants, and Citizenship, 1890–1930, University Press of Kansas (Lawrence, KS), 2002.
Contributor to books, including Remembering Heart Mountain: Essays on Japanese-American Internment in Wyoming, edited by Mike Mackey, Western History Publications (Powell, WY), 1998; and Readings in Wyoming History: Issues in the History of the Equality State, edited by Phil Roberts, Skyline West Press (Laramie, WY), 2000. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Wyoming History and California History.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Oregon Historical Quarterly, spring, 2004, Gray H. Whaley, review of Americanizing the West: Race, Immigrants, and Citizenship, 1890–1930, p. 161.