Dr. Carr Childers’s research focuses on the American West, specifically the environmental history and management of the region’s public lands. Her first book, The Size of the Risk: Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015), won the Western Writers of America 2016 Spur Award for Contemporary Nonfiction. Her research has been featured on KNPR’s State of Nevada, Bundyville and Voices from Your Public Lands podcasts, PBS Frontline, and in the High Country News. Her digital projects have included the Nevada Test Site Oral History Project and student-driven projects such as My National Parks.
Dr. Carr Childers is actively engaged in scholarly research and production in her fields of study as a co-editor for the Environment in Modern North America series at the University of Oklahoma Press and as a council member of the Public Lands History Center. Currently, she is a co-primary investigator with Michael Childers on the USDA Forest Service History project that covers the story of the agency from 1960 to the present. She also is leading an oral history project with ranchers in Colorado for the Public Lands History Center funded by the Luce Foundation. She is an active member of the Western History Association, the American Society for Environmental History, and the National Council on Public History.
For more information about Dr. Leisl Carr Childers, see her Colorado State University faculty page.