Contributors

William T. Anderson

Essay Author, Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder

William A. Anderson, an award-winning historian and author, has written extensively on Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House novels, as well as on Mark Twain and the von Trapp family. An expert in on-site research, Anderson has been active in the preservation of many Wilder sites. Most recently, he has edited The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Caroline Fraser

Essay Author, Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder

Caroline Fraser received her doctoral degree from Harvard University for English and American literature. Formerly on the editorial staff of The New Yorker, she is the author of two nonfiction books, editor of both volume one and two of the Library of America’s Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Little House Books, and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic Monthly, Outside Magazine, and The London Review of Books, among other publications. She received a PEN Award for Best Young Writer and was a past recipient of the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writer’s Residency, awarded by PEN Northwest.

Michael Patrick Hearn

Essay Author, Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder

Michael Patrick Hearn, a scholar of American literature, is one the leading specialists in children’s literature and its illustration. His works include The Annotated Wizard of Oz, The Annotated Christmas Carol, and The Annotated Huckleberry Finn. He has written for the New York Times, The Nation, and many other publications.

Pamela Smith Hill

Editor, Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

Pamela Smith Hill is the award-winning author of Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life and three young adult novels. She grew up in the Missouri Ozarks, forty miles from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Rocky Ridge Farm, and moved to South Dakota, where she launched her professional writing career. She has taught creative and professional writing at universities in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, as well as a Massive Open Online Course titled “Laura Ingalls Wilder: Exploring Her Work and Writing Life” through Missouri State University.

Elizabeth Jameson

Essay Author, Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder

Elizabeth Jameson was elected president of the Western History Association in 2015. She is a professor of history and the Imperial Oil & Lincoln McKay Chair of American Studies at the University of Calgary. Her research includes an in-depth study into the narratives of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane. She has written and edited a number of publications on women in the West.

Sallie Ketcham 

Essay Author, Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder

Sallie Ketcham is the author of Laura Ingalls Wilder: American Writer on the Prairie and two critically acclaimed books for children. She has been featured as an instructor and lecturer on the history of children’s books at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and as a presenter at the 2015 Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association Conference in Brookings, South Dakota.

Amy Lauters

Essay Author, Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder

Amy Mattson Lauters wrote and edited The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Lane, which encompasses her research and exploration into Lane’s literary and journalistic career. Lauters received a doctorate in mass communication with an emphasis in history and American studies from the University of Minnesota. She is currently writing a biography on Rose Wilder Lane and is an associate professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato, as well as the chair of the Mass Media Department.

John E. Miller

Essay Author, Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder

John E. Miller has focused on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life, career, and her place as a midwestern woman, publishing Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane: Authorship, Place, Time, and Culture, Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman behind the Legend, and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little Town. Professor emeritus of history at South Dakota State University, he received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Paula M. Nelson

Essay Author, Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder

Paula M. Nelson is professor emeritus of history and past chairperson of the Department of Social Science at the University of Wisconsin in Platteville. She is an expert on Northern Great Plains history, specializing in women’s and rural history, especially small-town life in the nineteenth to early twentieth centuries.  Her publications include Sunshine Always: The Courtship Letters of Alice Bower and Joseph Gossage of Dakota Territory, The Prairie Winnows Out Its Own: The West River Country of South Dakota in the Years of Depression and Dust, and After the West was Won: Homesteaders and Town-Builders in Western South Dakota, 1900–1917.

Ann Romines

Essay Author, Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder

Ann Romines is professor emeritus of English and past director of the Graduate Program at George Washington University. Her book Constructing the Little House: Gender, Culture, and Laura Ingalls Wilder won the Children’s Literature Association Award for best scholarly book on children’s literature, and she has composed many works on women’s writing and culture in America. She continues to write on American literature and the life and writings of Willa Cather

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