Dr. Leland Turner
» Assistant Professor
The Frontier and American West, Texas and the Southwest, Ranching and Agriculture, United States, and Australia
|Semester||Course #||Section||Course Name||Location||Days / Times|
|Details||Fall 2013||4613||The American West, 1803-1890|
|Details||Spring 2013||HIST||1133||Survey of United States History until 1865|
|Details||Fall||3113||American Indian History||Prothro-Yeager Hall|
|Details||Fall||3003||101||History of Texas|
|Details||1233||History of the United States since 1865||
|Texas Tech University||Ph.D. History|
|Texas Tech University||M.A. History|
|University of Tulsa||B.A. Communication|
|Institution||Position||Start Date /||End Date|
|Angelo State University||Visiting Instructor of History||2006-Aug||2007-May|
|Australian National University||Fulbright Fellow||2007-Jul||2007-Dec|
|Texas Tech University||Visiting Assistant Professor of History||2008-Aug||2009-Dec|
|University of Queensland (Australia)||Fulbright Fellow||2008-Jan||2008-Jul|
|Southwestern Oklahoma State University||Assistant Professor of History and Geography||2010-Jan||2012-Jul|
|Midwestern State University||Assistant Professor of History||2012-Aug|
“The West Texas Plains,” in West Texas: A History of the Giant Side of the State, Paul Carlson and Bruce Glasrud eds., (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014): 44-58.
“A New Business Plan for the Matador: Murdo Mackenzie, Modern Management, and the Operational Transformation of the Matador Land and Cattle Company, 1891-1897,” Panhandle-Plains Historical Review 79 (2006-2007): 3-20.
“Grassland Frontiers: Pastoral Settlement in the Semi Arid Lands of the Australian Outback and American Southwest,” Forum of the Association of Arid Lands Studies 21 (2005): 50-56.
“The Livestock Lobby: Murdo Mackenzie, Railroad Reform, Cattlemen’s Associations, and Progressive Legislation,” Panhandle-Plains Historical Review 77 (2004): 14-34.
“A Most Influential Cattleman: Murdo Mackenzie and the Business of Ranching,” West Texas Historical Review 80 (2004): 18-32.
“Notes and Documents - Captain Nicholas M. Nolan Report, August 4, 1877,” West Texas Historical Review 79 (2003): 179-82.
Gwynne, S. C. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History. Scribner, 2010, Panhandle-Plains Historical Review 83 (2011): 57-58.
Johnson, David. John Ringo, King of the Cowboys: His Life and Times from the Hoo Doo War to Tombstone. UNT Press, 2008 (submitted, East Texas Historical Review)
RESEARCH IN PROGRESS
Monograph: “Outback by Southwest: King Ranch Cattle in the Australian Grasslands” University of Oklahoma Press (under consideration)
Monograph: “’I Never Wore a Gun,’ Murdo Mackenzie: Boardroom Cowboy, Progressive Rancher, and International Businessman” (in progress)
Research Project: "Ranchers, Rangers, Rustlers, and Revolutionaries: the Trans-Pecos Cattle Economy and the Mexican Revolution"
Research Project: "Lizzie Crosson: Cattle Queen of the Trans-Pecos"
Article: “The Santa Gertrudis Down Under: How King Ranch Cattle Revolutionized the Australian Beef Cattle Economy,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly (in peer review process)
Article: “Building Beef Factories: Economic Expectations and Landscape Transformation in Queensland and Texas, 1870 – 1920” Agricultural History (in peer review process)
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL
Agricultural History Society, "Cattle Cultures of the Bloody Bend: Contraband and violence in the Trans-Pecos Ranchlands," Provo, Utah, June 19-22, 2014.
Agricultural History Society, “Ranchers, Rustlers, and Revolutionaries: Trans-Pecos Texas, Beef Commissary to the Villista Insurgency,” Banff, Alberta, Canada, June 13, 2013.
Agricultural History Society, “Earth, Wind, and Water: Natural Energy and the Transformation of the Southern Plains Agricultural Economy,” Manhattan, KS, June 9, 2012
PCA/ACA Southwest/Texas Joint Conference, “Ballads in the Bush: the Unique History of Australian Country Music,” San Antonio, TX, April 23, 2011
Australian Country Music Foundation, Invited Speaker, “Australian Roots, American Boots: American Country Music and the Evolution of a Unique Australian Genre,” Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia, August 5, 2010
Agricultural History Society, “Outback Beef Factories: Australian Cattle Producers and Late Nineteenth Century British Markets,” Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, June 11, 2010
Organization of American Historians, “’Cowboy Up’ Down Under: Representations of American Wild West Imagery in Australian Popular Entertainment,” Washington, DC, April 9, 2010
American Historical Association, Poster Session, “’Cowboy Up’ Down Under: Representations of American Wild West Mythology in Australian Popular Entertainment” New York City, NY, January 6-9, 2009
American Studies Association, “The Bushman and the Cowboy: Australian and American Frontier Mythology, Transnational Popular Culture, and National Identity,” Albuquerque, NM, October 16, 2008
Agricultural History Society, “Taurindicus tex in the Land Down Under: Texas Cattle Breeds, Environmental Challenges, and Identity Constructs in the Australian Outback,” University of Nevada – Reno, Reno, NV, June 19, 2008
Australian Historical Association, “Cattle Culture Frontiers of the Outback and Southwest: 19th Century Pastoral Economies, Environment, and Enduring Myth,” Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia, July 4, 2006
Agricultural History Society, “Grassland Frontiers of the American Southwest and Australian Outback: A Comparative Study of Cattle Economies, Environment, and Enduring Myth,” Iowa State University, Ames, IA, June 23, 2006
Australia New Zealand Studies Assn. of North America, “Arid Frontiers: Pastoral Settlement in the Outback and Southwest,” Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, April 29, 2005
STATE & REGIONAL
West Texas Historical Association, "Icons of Innovation: The Country Music Stylings of Bob Wills, Texan, and Slim Dusty, Australian," Odessa, Texas, April 4 2014.
Center for Big Bend Studies, "Rangers, Rustlers, and Ranchers: Cattle Theft, Retaliation, and Community Relations in the Trans-Pecos Borderlands," Alpine, Texas, November 9, 2013.
East Texas Historical Association, "The King Ranch, Australia," Nacogdoches, Texas, September 27, 2013.
Texas State Historical Association, “Big Country: Bigness and the Roots of Exceptionalism in Queensland, Australia, and Texas,” Fort Worth, TX, March 1, 2013
American Studies Association of Texas, “Ballads in the Bush: American Influence & the Unique Roots of Australian Country Music,” Wichita Falls, TX, November 16, 2012
Center for Big Bend Studies Annual Conference, “Ranchers, Rustlers, and Revolutionaries: The Illicit and Legitimate Border Cattle Trade during the Pancho Villa Insurgency,” Alpine, TX, November 10, 2012
Oklahoma Historical Society, “People of the Wind: Wind Energy and the Transformation of the Southern Plains Agricultural Economy,” Enid, OK, April 27, 2011
West Texas Historical Association, “Country Roots: Roy Orbison, the Wink Westerners, and his Career as a Country and Western Artist,” Lubbock, TX, April 1, 2011
Center for Big Bend Studies Annual Conference, “Rooted in Country: The Music Career and Global Influence of Wink’s Own – Roy Orbison,” Alpine, TX, Nov 12, 2010
West Texas Historical Association, “People of the Wind: the Transformative Affect of Wind Energy Technology on the Southern Plains,“ Fort Worth, TX, February 5, 2010
The Center for Big Bend Studies, “From Cattle to Cotton and Beyond: Hydraulic Technology and the Retransformation of the Southern Plains Agricultural Economy,” Alpine, TX, November 7, 2009
East Texas Historical Association, Panelist, “The Future of West Texas History,” Nacogdoches, TX, September 25, 2009
Texas State Historical Association, “Outback and Out West: Pastoral Settlers and Cattle Frontiers of West Texas and Outback Queensland,” San Antonio, TX, March 9, 2007
East Texas Historical Association (WTHA Session), “Frontier Legacies of the Outback and Texas West,” Nacogdoches, TX, September 22, 2006
Southwestern Social Sciences Association (PAT Session), “The Mesta Model: Hispanic Pastoral Traditions and Early Southwestern Live Stock Associations” San Antonio, TX, April 15, 2006
The Center for Big Bend Studies Annual Conference, “The Live Stock Lobby: Murdo Mackenzie, Cattlemen’s Associations, and Legislative Reform,” Alpine, TX, November 11, 2005
West Texas Historical Association, “Theodore Roosevelt and Murdo Mackenzie: Progressive Leaders on the Cattle Frontier” Alpine, TX, April 1, 2005
Western Social Sciences Association (Assn. for Arid Lands Studies), “Enduring Aridity: A Comparative Study of Pastoral Frontiers a World Apart” Albuquerque, NM, April 14, 2005
Texas State Historical Association, “Murdo Mackenzie: Scottish Ranch Manager in the American West, 1885-1939” Austin, TX, March 6, 2004
ADDITIONAL SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES
Session Chair, West Texas Historical Association, Wichita Falls, TX, April 6, 2013.
“Legal Questions and the Conflict of Two Worlds in Texas,” Phi Alpha Theta – Tau Gamma Chapter Sponsored Session
“Promoting Texas through Agriculture, Journalism, and Boosterism”
Session Chair and Commenter, Phi Alpha Theta Northeast Texas Regional Conference, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX, April 20, 2013
“The Emergence of Modern Texas, “Cow Country: Method, Myth, and Experiment," “Environmental Policies”
Session Chair, West Texas Historical Association, “Texas Songbird, Honking Tenor Sax, and Geronimo’s Cadillac,” Alpine, TX, March 30, 2012
Discussant and Interviewee, BookGrowl, Al Harris Library Interview Program and Podcast, Host, Frederic Murray, October 2011, Book: Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett’s Last Stand and Other Mysteries of the Texas Revolution, by James Crisp
Invited Speaker, Biology Seminar Series, SWOSU, “Science and the Saddle: Scientific Investigations and the Transformation of the Queensland, Australia Beef Cattle Economy,” Weatherford, OK, September 7, 2011,
Speaker, Dept of Social Sciences Honor’s Banquet, SWOSU, “Rooted in Country: Roy Orbison, His Early Career, and the Wink Westerners,” Weatherford, OK, April 13, 2011.
Session Chair, Organization of American Historians, “Transnational Connections: The United States, Australia, and the 1960s,” Houston, TX, March 19, 2011,
Convener, West Texas Historical Association, “The Future of West Texas History,” Discussion Panel, Lubbock, TX, April 3, 2009
Presenter, Cultural History Project Seminar Series, “’Cowboy Up’ Down Under: Representations of American Wild West Imagery in Australian Popular Entertainment,” School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland, May 22, 2008
Presenter, History Program Seminar Series, “Outback by Southwest: Beef Cattle Agriculture in Queensland and Texas,” School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and the Classics, the University of Queensland, April 17, 2008
Invited Participant, The Graduate Research Workshop 2008, Breaking the Research Barrier: Comparative, Transnational, and Qualitative Methods, The National Europe Centre, Australian National University, April 4, 2008
Presenter, Cowboys & Gladiators: A Mythology in History and Literature Symposium, “Hollywood’s Cowboy’s: Wild West Mythology in Australian Cinema and Popular Culture,” Fenner Hall, Australian National University, October 28, 2007
Session Chair, West Texas Historical Association, “Movers and Shakers in West Texas History” Lubbock, TX, March 30, 2006
AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
2007: Fulbright Postgraduate Fellowship, Australian-American Fulbright Commission
2009: William Curry Holden Research Grant, West Texas Historical Association
2009: Alternate, Excellence in West Texas History Fellowship, ASU West Texas Collection
2007: Helen DeVitt Jones Graduate Scholarship, Texas Tech University
2006: Summer Dissertation Research Award, the Graduate School, Texas Tech University
2006: Dissertation Research Grant, Department of History, Texas Tech University
2006: Earnest Wallace Graduate Research Grant, West Texas Historical Association
2004: Chair’s Award, Graduate Student Leadership, Dept. of History, Texas Tech University
2004: S. S. McKay Memorial Scholarship, Department of History, Texas Tech University
2004: Thesis Research Grant, Department of History, Texas Tech University
2003: David & Winifred Vigness Scholarship, Department of History, Texas Tech University
2003: Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society