Detailed Information for Leland Turner

Dr.  Leland Turner 
History
 » Assistant Professor
Office Location
O'Donohoe Hall 220 
Voice: (940) 397-4153
 
 

Contact Information

leland.turner@mwsu.edu

My Websites

Interests

 

The Frontier and American West, Texas and the Southwest, Ranching and Agriculture, United States, and Australia


Course Information

  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  3003  101  History of Texas     
Details   1233    History of the United States since 1865     

 

 




Education Background

Institution Degree    Graduation Date
Texas Tech University Ph.D. History  
Texas Tech University M.A. History  
University of Tulsa B.A. Communication  



Employment Background

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  



Research and Publications

PUBLICATIONS

“The West Texas Plains,” in West Texas: A History of the Giant Side of the State, Paul Carlson and Bruce Glasrud eds., (forthcoming, January 2014) Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.

 

“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 Association Year Book 80 (2004): 18-32.

 

“Notes and Documents - Captain Nicholas M. Nolan Report, August 4, 1877,” West Texas Historical Association Year Book 79 (2003): 179-82.

 

Book Reviews

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 (submitted, Panhandle-Plains Historical Review)

 

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

RECENT SUBMISSIONS

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)

Article:  “The Santa Gertrudis Down Under:  How King Ranch Cattle Revolutionized the Australian Beef Cattle Economy,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly (submitted)

Article:  “Building Beef Factories:  Economic Expectations and Landscape Transformation in Queensland and Texas, 1870 – 1920” Agricultural History (rewrite and resubmit))

 

SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL                                                                                                                         

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

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